Mediation is significantly cheaper than litigation. In mediation you, not the court system, the judge or the attorneys, stay in control. In mediation you can craft an agreement that is unique to your situation. Maybe most importantly, mediation allows you to communicate directly with each other rather than through attorneys, by email, letters or other impersonal methods. Mediation will often not only resolve the underlying conflict but will strengthen relationships at a time when such cooperation and unity is most needed.