To Mediate with or without a LawyerIf you have made the difficult decision to divorce and you and your spouse have decided to pursue mediation to settle important issues like division of property, child custody and spousal maintenance, you may have questions about the process. Specifically, you may be wondering if you need to hire a lawyer to represent you during the mediation. Lesa Koski is a divorce mediator and a family lawyer based in Minnesota who has helped many local couples navigate a divorce. She has the training and experience to support you as a lawyer or a mediator, so you may want to think about what function you need. Here are some things to think about as you decide whether to hire a mediator, an attorney or both.

Do You Need a Lawyer for Mediation?

  • For most situations or conflicts, including divorce, a lawyer is not required. A mediator helps facilitate the mediation process and, in most cases, empowers a couple to settle the important aspects of a divorce. The rules during mediation are simple, straightforward and easy to understand and a mediator’s job is to keep the discussion moving forward toward resolution. In addition, a mediator is well versed in state law, and can provide couples with resources and information about how divorces are often settled. In some mediation cases, other experts like accountants and/or financial advisors can be useful.
  • There are some cases when hiring a mediation lawyer can be helpful. For example, if the division of joint property is complicated or if you think your rights will be compromised, you may want to get the help of a mediation attorney.
  • If you believe that you need legal support in order to make decisions that you will face during the mediation process, you also might benefit from hiring a mediation attorney.
  • You can also request that both parties review the final documents from the mediation process by attorneys before they are filed with the court if this makes you feel more confident about your final decisions.

Family Law Mediation, MN

Lesa Koski is a family lawyer and a state qualified mediator whose vast knowledge and experience can help you navigate a divorce, whether you decide to work only with a mediator, or with both a mediator and an attorney. It is important to understand that Lesa can only perform one function for your case – she cannot be your divorce attorney AND your divorce mediator. As your mediator, she works with both parties to arrive at a resolution for all involved. As a divorce attorney she can only represent one party and will provide legal advice during the mediation process.

For more information about whether you should partner with a mediator and/or an attorney to settle your divorce, contact Lesa Koski at 651-214-5057 to learn more.