A divorce lawyer can also be a divorce mediator. In fact, many of the most effective divorce mediators are divorce lawyers. They are effective because they know the law and they know how the law would apply to your particular set of circumstances. When you retain a divorce lawyer, that individual's sole purpose is to represent you and look out for your best interests. When you retain a divorce mediator that person's role is to act as neutral third party, who does not have a vested interest in having one party receive the best possible result. Divorces sometimes end up in litigation because you have two lawyers who are each trying to get their respective clients the best deal possible. To achieve such a result requires one party to concede or make certain compromises. The mechanics of those compromises or negotiations are what makes divorce litigation contentious and expensive.
If you were to engage in divorce mediation, since the mediator has no vested interest and does not represent you individually it is not uncommon for an individual going through the mediation process to review the mediated agreement with their own individual lawyer after the mediation has been conducted. In most mediated divorces the lawyers who the parties retain understand the mediation process, value it, and will not seek to undo what has been accomplished in mediation.
When contemplating a divorce you should at the very least consult with an attorney or mediator prior to making the decision as to whether you will be litigating your divorce or mediating your divorce.
The family law attorneys at the Villani and DeLuca law firm are experienced litigators as well as experienced mediators. Call today to find out what option may be the best for you and your family. The family law attorneys at Villani and DeLuca offer a free consultation to all prospective clients.