1. Control stays in the hands of the couple or family, not attorneys or the Courts
  2. Reduces likelihood of post-mediation conflict and repeated court hearings because disputants have developed the agreement cooperatively
  3. Helps children because parents cooperate on parenting issues, not allowing child to be caught in middle Disputants learn to communicate bet
  4. Disputants learn to communicate better, reducing occurrence of future major conflict
  5. Takes less time
  6. Less expensive
  7. Confidential