Two quotes which prove the worth of family mediation as an alternative:
The first is from The Which? Guide to Divorce.
"Couples who have successfully resolved their disputes wisely, efficiently and cost effectively through mediation certainly need no convincing of its benefits in comparison to costly, time consuming, antagonistic litigation processes which lead only to superficial victories".
The second is from Lord Woolf who said
"Skilled mediators are now able to achieve results satisfactory to both parties in many cases which are quite beyond the powers of the lawyers and the courts to achieve".