Brian James, a divorce mediator in Chicago, answers:
Make sure your lawyer and the divorce mediator are on the same page as to what is going on in the mediation process. Though the mediator and your attorney have different roles in the mediation process, it is better for everyone if they are on the same page. Also, make sure that your attorney is “mediation-friendly” and settlement-minded rather than focused on litigation. Nothing can derail a mediator quicker than someone sabotaging the process.
Brian James is an experienced divorce and family mediator with offices throughout Chicagoland and Southeastern Wisconsin. He runs a mediation practice, C.E.L. and Associates. He can be reached at (312) 524-5829. View his Divorce Magazine profile.