Alot of cases are settled at mediation. It is alot less expensive to use a mediator on a case than to pay attorneys to have a trial on your matter. (especially considering substantial, expensive trial preparation costs) Mediators cannot make you settle on terms that you don’t want to. But they can, based on their experience, advise you of what might be a reasonable settlement. They may also be able to give you an educated opinion on what the judge might do on your case if it went to trial. And it may be helpful to have an unbiased persont that each party trusts, help with the settlement negotiations.
But it is very important you not schedule mediation until there’s been an exchange of financial documents which has given you an understanding of the family finances and your spouse’s income and finances. You probably should also not schedule mediation until you have a complete understanding of the factors that effect non financial issues such as custody, visitation and timesharing. (and sometimes you should not mediate until depositions have been taken so that your lawyer can ask your spouse or others questions under oath about the matters involved in your Florida divorce)