Mediator vs Lawyer: Making Divorce Smoother and Cost-Effective

Mediator vs Lawyer
  • Resolve all your issues and create a personalized agreement that accommodates both your needs.

  • Using a divorce mediator will usually mean your divorce is resolved way more quickly than when a divorce lawyer gets involved.

  • Adversarial divorce is tough for a parent, but it’s a world of pain for the kids too.

  • Statistically, family cases in Ontario ended with out-of-court settlements in 96% of cases.

  • Lawyers are trained to be an advocate, a gladiator totally focused on getting what the client wants.

  • Most mediators aren’t lawyers, because being a mediator takes a special skill set.

  • With a mediator, the parties are in full control over what’s discussed and the decisions that are made.

  • Using a mediator your marriage can end without getting the courts involved.

After this, her demeanor changed. She became more empathetic and compassionate, and gently said, ‘I’m so sorry.’ Then she turned and left.

What is the difference between a lawyer and a mediator?

Link to an article that may interest you
Divorce Mediation in Ontario
What is the role of a divorce mediator vs a divorce lawyer?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

A divorce mediator facilitates communication between the parties and helps them reach a mutual agreement. A divorce attorney represents one party and advocates for their interests, potentially leading to a more adversarial process.

What are the benefits of using a mediator instead of a lawyer for a divorce?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

Using a mediator can lead to a more amicable divorce process, as it encourages communication and compromise. It can also be less expensive and time-consuming than hiring a lawyer and going through legal proceedings.

Can you use a mediator for a divorce?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

Yes, a mediator can be used in a divorce to help the parties communicate effectively and reach a mutual agreement. This can often lead to a smoother and less contentious divorce process.

What is the difference between divorce mediation and going to court?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

Divorce mediation is a process where a neutral third party (the mediator) helps the divorcing couple reach a mutually agreeable settlement. On the other hand, going to court involves a judge making decisions about the divorce terms, which may not satisfy either party.

Can a lawyer also act as a mediator in a divorce?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

Yes, a lawyer can act as a mediator. However, when acting as a mediator, the lawyer cannot represent either party and must remain neutral, facilitating communication and helping the parties reach an agreement.

Is a mediator cheaper than a lawyer in a divorce case?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

Generally, mediation can be less expensive than hiring a lawyer, as it often requires fewer meetings and avoids the costs associated with legal proceedings. However, the cost can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the number of sessions required.

Should I use a mediator or a lawyer for my divorce?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

It depends on your situation. If you and your spouse can communicate effectively and are willing to compromise, a mediator might be a good choice. However, if there are significant disagreements or if one party feels intimidated, a lawyer might be necessary.

What is the difference between a mediator and a lawyer in a divorce scenario?Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

A divorce mediator and a lawyer play different roles in a divorce. A mediator facilitates communication between the parties and helps them reach a mutual agreement. A lawyer, on the other hand, represents one party and advocates for their interests.

Articles that may interest You!

Ready to create a Soft Landing for your divorce?

Discover the Soft Landing Divorce Settlement Method – a comprehensive approach to separation and divorce that ensures a fair and equitable division of assets and liabilities.

This method involves a detailed financial walkthrough, including identification and valuation of assets, income assessment, expense analysis, financial projections, and settlement scenarios.

With the Soft Landing Method, you gain a clear understanding of your financial situation, empowering you to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs. Don’t navigate this complex process alone – work with a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA) who specializes in separation and divorce cases.

Link to an article that may interest you
Can a Mediator Write a Separation Agreement?

Have a Question or two about a Soft Landing?

Schedule a Complimentary

About the Author:
Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

I assist intelligent and successful couples in crafting rapid, custom separation agreements that pave the way for a smooth transition towards a secure future. This efficient process is achieved in about four meetings, effectively sidestepping the excessive conflicts, confusion, and costs commonly linked to legal proceedings. Clients have the flexibility to collaborate with me either via video conference or in-person through a DTSW associate at any of our six Greater Toronto mediation centers, located in Aurora, Barrie, North York, Vaughan, Mississauga, and Scarborough.

Have a few questions -  Tap here to Schedule a Get Acquainted Call



Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM