If I divorce through mediation, will I need a lawyer?
Legally speaking, there is no requirement that either party use a lawyer during the divorce mediation process. From a practical point of view, a licensed mediator will be able to address all of the legal issues of divorce.
Nonetheless, many professional mediators will suggest a one-time meeting with attorneys at the end of the mediation process. In such a case, each party would take the completed settlement agreement to his or her own attorney for review before the agreement is sent to the court. This step can help each party confirm that the agreement protects his or her individual legal rights.
Some individuals also choose to consult with a lawyer before beginning mediation to make sure that they understand all the issues that need to be addressed during mediation.
Ultimately, the decision to hire a lawyer during divorce mediation is optional and completely up to each party.
Other Frequently Asked Questions about Mediation
- How can I know that my mediator will be neutral and unbiased?
- How do I choose a divorce mediator?
- How long will it take to finalize our divorce using mediation?
- How much does divorce mediation cost?
- If I divorce through mediation, will I need a lawyer?
- If I use divorce mediation, will I have to go to court?
- Is mediation the same as collaborative divorce?
- What are the residency requirements for the divorce of a same-sex couple in California?
- What if we begin mediation, but we find that we cannot agree on some issues?
- Will a divorce impact my ability to collect Social Security benefits on the work record of my ex?