Yes. On average, family mediation is four to five times less expensive than using solicitors to work out a settlement. Where mediation becomes so valuable is in its ability to help people speak directly to one another. Often the clear and direct approach in mediation is more effective than weeks of lengthy communication between solicitors. The latter may create added tension and unnecessary confusion for clients and almost certainly adds to the cost of their separation.
We do encourage participants in mediation to obtain independent legal advice during the mediation process as this is not something the mediator can give. You can then consider the advice as a helpful addition to the mediation process and something that will assist you in reaching a settlement.