Too often in a divorce, parties feel like bystanders while lawyers, judges, and others work out critical issues that can have long term ramifications. Nobody truly wins when a divorce case goes to trial, as the stress, worry and expenses pile up quickly. This takes an emotional toll as parties worry about their financial futures and their children’s emotional well-being. Mediation gives couples greater control over the dissolution process in a less contentious setting while preserving privacy. Mediation also gives parties the freedom to engage in creative problem solving that can produce agreements tailor made for the unique needs of their family. Mediation is a cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation saving parties both time and money.