Even if you and your spouse are unable to come to a satisfactory agreement on all of the issues during mediation, any progress made during mediation can help immensely if you choose to take your divorce to court. In short, mediation tends to be less expensive than litigation, so any issue that you are able to resolve through mediation is one less that will have to handle in court.
In fact, this is one of the greatest strengths of mediation: By working collaboratively with your spouse, you can narrow down the issues for litigation to solve, saving time, money, and lots of stress. It is important to note, however, that the burden lies with the spouses and attorneys to preserve the agreements reached during the mediation process. Under Massachusetts law, a mediator cannot be forced to testify in a litigated divorce, and all of the information and statements made during mediation are confidential and inadmissible in Court.