Even if your divorce mediator is not a lawyer, it’s definitely in your best interest to have a one involved in the process.
We’ve talked before about the positives of divorce mediation, but the important thing to remember is that your divorce – whether it goes through mediation or not – is still a legal process.
A skilled and experienced divorce lawyer will still be instrumental to minimize your legal exposure.
In this issue, the San Diego men’s divorce lawyers with the Men’s Legal Center will go into more detail about why a lawyer’s input is a necessary component of your divorce mediation.
Why Do I Need a Divorce Lawyer If We’re Going Through Mediation?
We’re big proponents of divorce mediation.
It can speed up your divorce process, sets the stage for successful co-parenting, reduces tension so that a more amicable parting of the ways is possible and more.
While a mediator is supposed to remain neutral and not represent either party, you definitely need someone to look after your best interests. A divorce lawyer specializing in the rights of men and fathers will definitely prove to be invaluable in helping you navigate the choppy waters of divorce.
Keep in mind that in divorce mediation, you and your spouse or partner – not the State of California – get to determine the boundaries of your divorce.
Areas of consideration that need input from your divorce lawyer include:
- Whether or not you should pay support
- If your children are allowed to move out of state
- Who gets the family home
- Where will your children attend school?
All of these are but a few of the necessary decisions that need to be made in many California divorces.
When Should My Divorce Lawyer be Consulted?
Your divorce lawyer can be included in your mediation before the process begins, during the lifespan of the sessions or towards the end.
By being available before the mediation sessions begin, your divorce lawyer can prepare you ahead of time, and highlight items that need to be settled or considered.
If your lawyer is consulted towards the end of the sessions, they’ll serve as a “reviewing lawyer” who can advise you on every angle of the agreement you’re about to sign.
For More Information About Divorce Mediation, Call the San Diego Men’s Divorce Attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center.
We’re proud of the reputation we’ve built by being the divorce law firm of choice in San Diego.
In addition to serving as your legal advisor and advocate during your divorce mediation, we’re also prepared to help you take your case to court if no agreement is made during the mediation process.