The mediator does not have the authority to make a decision — nothing happens without the agreement of both parties. Mediation is far less time-consuming and costly than litigation. For those who are angry or hurt, it provides a private forum in which to air grievances, often an essential step in the transition to separate lives. In situations where children are involved, research has confirmed that mediation benefits children.Although the disputes themselves often are complex and highly emotional, Delaney McKinney’s approach to mediation is straightforward, sensitive, and effective. Whether we are serving as the mediator or as counsel to one of the parties, we believe strongly in the mediation process as a way for parties to have more control over the outcome of their family dispute.