Cost and time savings: The cost of attending mediation is significantly less than preparing witnesses, exhibits and going to Court.
Rapid Address of Issues: The parties can mediate issues whether or not the matter is pending before the Court, and without counsel present. Attending and settling with mediation will cut months if not years off your case. People do not need to be in the same room should they choose not to do so. Currently the courts in Colorado are short on judges and magistrates. As of this writing, Jefferson County alone is down 6 judges, and several magistrates. The courts are not able to resolve cases rapidly, or necessarily give the parties the time they need to successfully and fully litigate the matter. Also, many of the judges are not versed in family law, which may result in further litigation.
Stability: Mediated agreements are known to the parties (unlike the outcome of a Court hearing), and generally have a greater level of compliance then Court orders. Reaching an agreement you can live with is better than having an Order in place that simply will not work. Mediation will give you a say in what agreements can be reached. If the matter is placed before the Court, the Court will decide, often not to the liking of one or both parties.
Flexibility: Mediation is much more flexible than litigation. It allows the parties to discuss issues the Court cannot or will not address, and allows the parties to reach agreements that the Court may be unwilling or unable to Order. We can work around statutory and case law while the Court cannot.
Less Stressful: Mediation is far less stressful than going to Court, and can allow the parties to learn that they can still work together for the mutual benefit of their family or children. It is very important to have the parties work together when they are dealing with their children, as they will be doing so for years to come.
Lower the Conflict: Mediation can restore trust between the parties, and lower the level of anxiety associated in dealing with one another. Once issues are resolved, parties can get on with life. Often when they reach agreements on difficult issues, it gives them strategies and confidence to continue resolving issues outside of the court system.