Alternative dispute resolution is a path that some couples utilize to go through the divorce process. The advantages are that it is usually quicker and less expensive than a contested divorce. If you choose mediation, be sure to engage an attorney to represent you before the mediator is selected. Your attorney should assist you with the selection of the mediator and develop your objectives and strategies before your first meeting with the mediator. If there is an imbalance of power in the relationship, mediation may not be the best method to pursue, as the power imbalance may not be recognized by the mediator and an unfair result could occur.