In family proceedings, Judges have an obligation to ensure that cases are dealt with "expeditiously and fairly" and in ways that "save expense". This explicitly includes "encouraging the parties to use an alternative dispute resolution procedure if the Court considers that appropriate". This includes mediation.
Contrary to what some people may believe, Mediation has nothing to do with reconciliation or counselling. Mediation is a method to find ways to communicate with each other as separating parents or an effective way of resolving civil disputes without the need to go to Court. It involves an independent third party, a Mediator, who helps both sides come to an agreement.