Divorce Mediation has been promoted by lawyers in Rhode Island and other professionals. Is it the right route for you to pursue in resolving your divorce?
3 Reasons Why Divorce Mediation May Not be Best for You
1. Divorce Mediations can often be costly. While it may be helpful for a mediator to help you reach some middle ground. It is an additional cost over and above getting a divorce lawyer to take you through the divorce process and make sure you are advised of your legal rights.
2. Many mediations do not result in a complete resolution to your divorce. Often a successful mediation results only in Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which is a broad brush bullet pointed outline of the major issues you have resolved and any basic terms that may have been discussed.
3. When you enter into an agreement in a mediation, you often do not know your legal rights. A mediator, especially a lawyer, cannot ethically give legal advice to two adverse parties. Parties in a divorce are always considered adverse to one another. Therefore, in mediation you are usually making decisions without knowing your rights, what you may be entitled to, and the practicalities of what a judge may or may not do in the family court.
Are there Pros in favor of divorce mediation? Absolutely! I'll give you three reasons tomorrow why it may be exactly what you are looking for.
All my Best to All Who Go Before the Rhode Island Family Court,
I am Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall and I am "The Rhode Island Divorce Coach."