You, not the court, make important decisions about your own life; only you know what makes sense for your specific situation. Plus always knowing what is happening every step of the way puts you in the position of control, not the other way around.
Your time and your money are spent directly solving problems not on ramping up the issues and creating more animosity.
These days it can take a year or more to “have your day in court.” Mediation often provides a more efficient way of resolving disputes since it can be scheduled when convenient for the parties. Settlements can be reached in a single session.
LOW RISKS / HIGH GAINS
No one gives up any rights to go to court if they don’t reach agreement in mediation. Given the advantages of mediation over litigation, it is almost always worth giving it a try.
Studies have shown that parents who mediate their conflict and resist litigation experience much less animosity after the divorce than those who go to court. This results in a much more calm and reasonable format for future co-parenting - certainly a much more preferred outcome for your children.