Rarely will a bad marriage jump straight to the court room. Often, a court will order mediation. Mediation is intended to make both parties uneasy about what will happen if they try the case – incentivizing them to settle out of court.
There are essentially no cons of attending mediation. Nothing said is recorded, meaning information gathered during the session can’t be used as evidence. It’s less expensive than going to court, and you can leave any time.
Even if you don’t settle, you’ll have a better grasp of your ex’s wants – making mediation a must on the way to divorce.