The Differences Between Divorce Mediators and Divorce Lawyers

Divorce Mediation Basics

If you and your spouse have decided you will move forward with a divorce, you may consider mediation as an alternative to courtroom litigation.

The mediation process involves you and your spouse meeting with a mediator who helps you navigate some of the important issues related to your divorce, including property division, child custody, child support and alimony. During this process the mediator will not represent or advocate for either of you. This makes it important for you to still retain an attorney for legal guidance through the process.

The differing responsibilities of mediators and attorneys

There is a common misconception that you do not need an attorney when going through mediation. However, because mediators and attorneys play such different roles in a divorce, it is still important that you find an attorney to work with who you can trust.

Attorneys, unlike mediators, represent you and your interests. They advise you on negotiation strategies and whether you should accept particular arrangements. In some cases, they may attend mediation sessions with you and help you argue your case during settlement negotiations.

While mediators are well versed in divorce law and will be able to provide you with logistical assistance and help to improve communication during mediation, they cannot provide you with any assistance in getting a favorable result. It’s very beneficial to have a professional who understands the best tactics to use to get the best result possible in your case.

Interested in learning more about how you can get the most out of mediation and how an attorney can help you through the process? Contact an experienced Long Island lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation for more information.

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