Divorce Mediation: The Difference Between A Divorce Mediator & A Divorce Lawyer

Divorce mediation utilizes a skilled divorce mediator to guide couples into making the best possible resolution for their family. In contrast, a divorce lawyer represents one client and advocates for their client in court.

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Divorce Mediation With A Divorce Mediator Is Completely Different Than A Traditional Court Litigation With A Divorce Lawyer

A divorce mediator is a neutral third party who does not take sides, but emphasizes strong communication skills in order to guide couples into make solid decisions for their future. Divorce mediation empowers couples to make decisions for themselves. A divorce lawyer advocates for their client in court, and the decision-making power is granted to the judge, instead of the couple.

In divorce mediation, a mediator is an unbiased guide whose responsibility is to use communication techniques to empower the couple towards resolution. A divorce mediator does not give legal advice during mediation. For this reason, divorcing couples may retain their own lawyer for legal counsel.

Divorce mediation helps people resolve the most intractable family law disputes. It is a well-suited tool for the needs of families, when making decisions about their family’s future is important. Creating effective resolutions can often best be achieved by finding common ground rather than fighting each other.

As a divorce mediator, I know that mediation can be used at any point in the divorce process. For more than 40 years I have helped people work through the most difficult family law matters, and know the good that comes from mediation. As an experienced mediator, I can help you effectively work through the challenges that stand between you and the resolution that will best suit your individual situation.

If you are in the Kansas City area and believe that divorce mediation is the best next step for you and your family, contact me, Hugh O’Donnell, to schedule a consultation. And if you have any other questions about divorce mediation and your case, feel free to call me at (816) 533-5152.