May be more willingness to co-parent
Reduced time spent in litigation
Greater likelihood of future compliance with the agreement
Studies have shown that people who reach mediated agreements are more likely to "stick to them," reducing the risk of parties attempting to modify or change parts of the agreement in the future.
The parties make their own decisions, with the help of a mediator. This eliminates the uncertainty of someone who doesn't know your family making decisions about your life. This also allows parties to reach more creative agreements that are tailored to your family.
Confidentiality in mediation means parties are free to explore options without fear that your efforts will be used against you in the event of litigation. If mediation doesn't work, both parties are still free to go to Court.