In general, the difference in the levels of satisfaction with mediation among men and women is not statistically significant.  This is in contrast to adversarial divorce, where men are significantly more dissatisfied than women with the process and outcome.

In general, mediated agreements tend to be more comprehensive than settlements reached either voluntarily or involuntarily in adversarial court.  In general, mediation results in more joint legal custody compared to the adversarial process.

Mediating couples tend to resolve the issues in their divorce in substantially less time than taken by their counterparts in litigation.  They also tend to spend significantly less money.  In one study, couples in the adversarial sample reported spending 134% more than twice as much) for their divorces than those in the mediation sample.

Researchers generally report higher rates of compliance with mediated agreements, when compared to agreements reached in the adversarial process.  This includes parenting schedules, payment of child support and spousal support, and completing the final division of property.

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