Mediation is less adversarial than litigation which reduces the animosity and can help preserve a working relationship.
You and your spouse have significantly more control over the process and the outcome than when the court is involved. This creates more durable agreements.
You have a lot more input so that you can feel better about arriving at a final agreement about what is fair rather than having a rigid set of rules guide your fate.
Mediation is much less emotionally harmful and better overall on children.
You still have the option of going to court. Choosing mediation does not in any way cause you to lose your right to litigate your divorce in front of a judge. Anything that took place during mediation will remain confidential (except for signed written agreements and financial affidavits).
A mediator can’t order you to do anything. All that’s required to make a divorce mediation successful is for both people to show up willing to negotiate and open to compromise.