The problems in mediation you have articulated so eloquently are very real. I am one mediator (former trial lawyer) who believes clients' self-determination should govern the results of mediation. To that end, I have designed a mediation process that takes a fresh approach to consensual resolution in divorce through a collaborative association of neutral interdisciplinary professionals. It's a successful combination of collaborative practice and mediation that has given the control back to the clients and makes for a truly satisfying practice for the professionals. If you would like further information, I would be happy to talk with you about it.