Mediation is a way of solving a dispute whereby the disputing parties bring in a neutral third person to help them to agree on a settlement. In divorce cases, it provides a way for the parties to work out differences and come to a compromise and agreement with regard to property, support, custody, and/or visitation. Mediation is advantageous in divorce cases because it gives the disputing parties personal control over the settlement, and it is less time consuming and expensive than court battles. The costs of mediation include the attorney fees incurred in preparing your case and the cost of a mediator, who usually charges an hourly rate. For more information on mediation, contact a qualified attorney.