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Divorce Attorney vs. Divorce Mediator

When deciding to divorce, should you use an Attorney, Lawyer, or Mediator?

Let's begin by discussing the difference between the three professionals. An Attorney has a license to practice law and represents their client as Power-of-Attorney in Court when pleading or defending a case and this is referred to as litigation. A Lawyer is a member of the legal profession who gives legal advice and works in the legal profession to discuss legal options. A Mediator is a neutral third party in a private setting who acts as a facilitator during a collaborative process in an effort to discuss and resolve issues pertaining to your divorce.

Advise from Friends

Friends are great at giving advise, but they are not Divorce Experts.  Friends are great for moral support, and the ones that have already been through a divorce can be very helpful emotionally. They understand the stress of divorce and can give relevant advice based on experience. However, each divorce is unique and seeking out the help of a trained divorce expert will not only save you money, but a lot of headaches! 

Do Your Best to Stay out of Court

I’ve been to family court more times than I care to remember, and I can assure you it’s the most negative place on earth. These courtrooms are breeding places for hostility and controversy and the attorney's make a ton of money on fueling the fire! If you are having issues communicating with your ex, perhaps enroll the help of parents or a trusted source to simply mediate and help you both overcome the hostility so you can move towards an amicable resolution. A long, drawn out litigation will certainly have long-lasting negative effects on your children and your credit. Both parties must be willing to stay out of court, so if your ex isn’t cooperating, find someone close to him/her that can point out all the negatives of litigation. Mediation is always the better solution!

Advantages of Divorce Mediation

Mediation has may advantages.  It is a lot cheaper than litigation, you and your spouse control the process...not the Court, and it is much quicker than going through the litigation process.  Mediation is done in the privacy of my office and agreements are made in a collaborative process.  The only time that you will be going to Court is on your actual dissolution date.  There is no waiting months for a court date or spending hours away from home or work in a stuffy courtroom.

What is Divorce Mediation

Mediation is a voluntary, flexible, non-adversarial, private and confidential process for resolving your divorce or other family issues with the help of a neutral facilitator who will assist you in reaching an agreement. The divorce mediator is not a judge or arbitrator, and cannot force anyone to do anything, but will use his experience and training to help you reach an amicable agreement. Any agreement which is reached must be acceptable to both parties. You and your spouse retain complete control over your divorce or other family matters and can be far more creative than the courts in designing an amicable and cost-effective solution that works for your family.
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