I was recently asked by an acquaintance if it is better to have an Attorney or a Mediator handle your divorce. It is a good question. Both Lawyer and Mediators have a place in resolving any family law issues. Many people are cost conscience and wish to keep the overall costs of a Divorce as low as possible. Some people believe that a Mediator is, by definition, going to be less expensive as a lawyer. This may or may not be true. Some people believe that lawyers simply drive up the costs of getting divorced and that they are better off with a mediator. This also may, or may not be true.
A Lawyer provides different services than a Mediator. A lawyer has specialized knowledge and can appropriately advise you about the merits of any strategy which you undertake. A lawyer will advocate your position, if it has legal merits. A lawyer also has loyalty to you.
On the other hand, a Mediator cannot advocate for either party. By definition, the Mediator must be neutral and maintain an evenhanded approach to your conflict resolution. While the Mediator can tell you what the law is, the Mediator cannot advise you about the law. A mediator will not advocate for either party, but can “reality test” certain scenarios.
As a Lawyer with over thirty years of experience in Family Law, I believe that there is a place for both Lawyers and Mediators in resolving Family Law conflicts. Family Law litigation is costly, both monetarily and emotionally. I am also a trained Mediator, and know the value of resolving conflicts with agreement.
Questions to ask yourself, if you are trying to decide whether to use a lawyer or a mediator in your divorce or family law matter are:
- Do I to be given legal advice?
- Do I want someone to take my position against the other side?
- Do I feel like I am strong enough emotionally to negotiate for what I want without help?
The answers to these questions should help you decide which services are needed: Lawyer or Mediator.
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