We encourage all of our divorce mediation clients to hire their own attorneys to review the separation agreement and advise them during the process. While some do hire their own attorneys, some do not.
A divorce mediator cannot provide legal advice to a divorcing couple, and must remain neutral. A mediator cannot file anything with the court, and cannot appear with you and your spouse at an uncontested hearing to finalize your divorce. An attorney can represent and/or advise one spouse, and often does during the mediation process, and can appear with you in court.
In short, you do not need an attorney if you are in the mediation process. However, hiring a family law attorney with experience dealing with individuals in mediation can be very helpful.
If you have any questions about divorce mediation in Massachusetts, contact Jonathan R. Eaton of Finn & Eaton, P.C. in Woburn and Saugus by calling 781 484-1066 or by sending an email to schedule a free initial consultation.