Mediation Without An Attorney
A lot of people that are seeking divorce choose to go through a mediation process as opposed to arbitration. Most of the time, both of your lawyers are present during the mediation process but in some cases, the parties involved in the divorce wonder if they can continue to mediate without their lawyers actually being there. Divorces can be very expensive and this is part of the reason that people will ask if they can mediate without the presence of their attorneys in an attempt to save money throughout the process.
The answer is yes; you can continue mediation without lawyers. You can start mediation without lawyers, but I always recommend that clients have a lawyer that they can either call or meet with during the mediations that they go to so that you have someone that you can ask, “What do you think about this?” or “What do you think about that?” before you actually say to the mediator, “Yes, I agree with that.”
There are a lot of factors that will come up during the mediation process that the spouses will have questions about and therefore it is always good to have an attorney present so the mediation can happen more quickly and questions can be answered during that time. Lawyers have a lot more experience with mediation than the clients who are involved with them do so they will know what questions are inevitably going to come up and what disputes typically occur.
If you feel as though you may want to continue the mediation process without your lawyer present, it is a good idea to speak with your lawyer before making that decision. In the event that you do choose to proceed without your lawyer present, a conversation with them about that decision can allow them to prepare you for any conflicts that may arise.
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