How do lawyers fit into the mediation process?
The decision as to how and when to use lawyers belongs to you. Sometimes, people will consult with lawyers before or during the mediation process. In this context, lawyers are sometimes used as resources for information and/or coaches. More often people decide to see an attorney after they have the entire agreement negotiated. At that point, the participant will be seeking the lawyer's advice as to whether the agreement is in her/his best interests. Your Divorce Mediation Group mediator will urge you to consult with a lawyer before you sign the agreement.