Couples who want to separate are obliged to be assessed to see if mediation is the best way of arranging separation rather than going through the courts. There are positive reasons to choose mediation. Mediation can be a quicker and a cheaper option for settling how to separate. An average mediation takes 110 days from start to finish versus 450 through court. And in the vast majority of cases it works. Two out of three couples who start mediation reach settlement.