Does the lawyer attend mediation or do only the divorcing couple and the mediator attend?
It is preferable to have a lawyer attend mediation, simply so that everyone is on the same page as to what everyone is agreeing upon. When parties attend mediation without an attorney, one party often has a different understanding as to what was negotiated and what occurred than the other party. If they were not present at the mediation, the lawyers review the memorandum of understanding and then make changes and comments. Having an attorney attend mediation is, believe it or not, a more cost effective way to resolve your action.
Alison C. Leslie, Esq. practices family law exclusively in her Morristown, NJ offices, where she offers her clients the individualized attention of a solo practitioner with the experience of a larger firm.