Another huge benefit of mediation is the inclusion of a Dispute Resolution Clause. Similar to a support review and a parenting plan, a conflict resolution clause is not something you can negotiate in a traditional separation agreement and cannot be allocated by a Judge.
A Dispute Resolution Clause outlines methods you and your separating spouse will handle for any potential conflict in the future. When couples go through the court system to settle their divorce they are left with only one alternative for their future, which is a return to court. Having to litigate every time there is conflict can become expensive and will most certainly create a hostile and defensive relationship with your ex-spouse. This is not beneficial for anyone involved.
The advantage to mediation is the possibility of a future conflict or an issue arising is taken into account (as it most certainly will arise) and a plan to manage this conflict with minimal hostility is already in place.