If I Go Through Divorce Mediation, Do I Still Need A Lawyer?
Mediators do not take the place of lawyers and cannot give you legal advice or represent you, even if your mediator is (like myself) a practicing lawyer. At least one lawyer will also be needed to prepare the legal documents and present them to the court for approval. Mediators and Lawyers both want to help you get divorced, but play a completely different role. The mediator is neutral and will help you and your spouse to find common ground, with the goal of ending drawn out divorce litigation. Your lawyer may be trying to negotiate with your spouse’s attorney but often goes about it in a far different way. If your divorce is stuck, it might be time to talk to your lawyer about the possibility of mediation.