If your spouse is like-minded, mediation can be a great alternative to a traditional divorce. However, the mediator is a neutral person. The mediator’s job is to help you reach an agreement. But the mediator cannot give you or your spouse legal advice. And the mediator cannot draft the legal documents required for filing with the court in order to terminate your marriage.
Having an attorney while going through mediation can be extremely beneficial. While the mediator is helping you make agreements, an attorney can help you make sure that your interests and needs are met during and at the end of the mediation process.
Legal assistance during mediation varies. Some people are content having an attorney just draft the legal documents needed. Other people want their attorney with them during their mediation sessions. And there are others that want assistance in preparing for mediation sessions and reviewing the mediation discussions and agreements reached. An attorney can help you determine the extent of legal assistance you may need.
The type of attorney you hire can make a difference for your mediation. Typically, attorneys familiar with out of court settlement processes, such as mediation and collaborative divorce, understand the safety of the mediation process for their clients and are skilled in assisting them. A list of the attorneys that are members of the Central Ohio Academy of Collaborative Divorce Professionals can be found here https://www.winwindivorce.org/Attorney-Bio/