Clients often ask us if they need to retain a lawyer or legal counsel for their Mediation, Arbitration or Mediation with Arbitration. The simple answer is, “no”. Jones Divorce Mediation is specifically designed for conflict resolution without the need to retain lawyers. Mediation is a straightforward process that is easy for individuals to navigate on their own. It is governed by the rules of natural justice and not the complicated Rules of Court, which makes many people feel comfortable mediating without divorce lawyers. If you would like a lawyer, that is fine but it is optional – not required.
Parties are completely free to retain their own legal counsel at any time during any resolution process. Lawyers can attend Mediation, Mediation/Arbitration or Arbitration.
There are some issues that are not well suited for these services, such as situations where Child Family Services is involved, there is a history of severe abuse, or when a child has been removed from this jurisdiction. If this is your situation, you should retain a divorce lawyer.
Do you have specific questions about conflict resolution processes? Leave a comment for us below or you can email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage all clients to book a complimentary consultation to connect with our team to learn more about your options for divorce, including mediation, arbitration, or mediation with arbitration. Click here to book your complimentary consultation.