Brian James, a divorce mediator in Chicago, answers:
No. Regardless of the situation, no mediator should give legal advice during the mediation process to either party. The mediator’s job is to make sure that the agreements reached in mediation are equitable for both parties. Legal advice is something an attorney can bring to the mediation process to ensure that the parties are getting advice specific to them and that they understand, from a legal perspective, what they are agreeing to.
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 where his approach to mediation is client driven.