This story caught my eye on Yahoo's front page.
When I went through my divorce around 10 years back, I was obliged to go to mediation, as I was getting legal aid. But most of the divorce went through quite easily, with very little acrimony.
At the time I did not like the mediation sessions, I will say that they did help sort quite a few things out, with just a neutral third party present , and probably a lot quicker than they would have taken in court.
Who the children were to live with, and visiting the other parent, plus some nit-picky small issues were sorted.
I hope that people who are advised to follow this course find it useful, although I can't understand why it has taken so long to filter upwards.....perhaps solicitors did not point this option out to fee payers?