How can I understand legal issues in my divorce mediation?

One of the primary challenges for participants who enter mediation without an attorney is recognizing, articulating and negotiating legal issues. Mediation participants regularly seek out experienced divorce attorneys to mediate their divorce. Using an experienced attorney as a mediator is especially helpful when it comes to drafting a reliable Separation Agreement that reflects the intent of the participants in appropriate and enforceable terms. However, the mediator is not acting as an attorney for either participant and cannot provide legal advice during mediation sessions. Mediation coaches often fill in the gap on legal arguments by assisting clients in identifying and advocating their positions in the face of legal issues. For a rundown on how mediation coaches help with legal issues, check out Kim Keyes’ blog, How Basic Legal Arguments Can Help Non-Lawyers in Divorce Mediation.

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