Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer Discusses How to Decided if Mediation is Your Best Option
When people start to initiate the divorce process, they have lots of questions over what type of process they want to engage in and as a Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer I think the important thing to know in regard to mediation is that it’s less formal, you’re more in control of crafting a solution for your disputes, and it’s generally less costly than obtaining your own lawyer. However, if you are the side of the party that hasn’t had access to your financial information then you might want to educate yourself a little bit before engaging in the mediation process or if you feel always overwhelmed or controlled by your spouse in some way then you might want to obtain your own lawyer. Sometimes in those situations you might not feel that any agreement that you reach would be even-handed, although I will say that it is the job of the mediator to make sure that that isn’t occurring.
The mediator cannot give legal advice of any type in any way shape or form and that is a problem with mediation because one lawyer cannot give legal advice to two people concerning the same dispute. As a Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer, I tell clients that the mediator has to be very careful to not give legal advice and we encourage people going through a mediation to obtain a lawyer for legal advice but sometimes there are reasons that a case is inappropriate for mediation and they should obtain a lawyer at the outset.
If you are going through divorce and wonder if mediation is the best option for you, contact our experienced Massachusetts Divorce Lawyers.
This educational blog was brought to you by Cynthia Hanley, an experienced Massachusetts Divorce Lawyer.