Divorce Mediation vs Divorce Lawyer: Which is Right for You?

by David Kolinsky Lawyer

Divorces are rarely straightforward. When a couple decides to end their marriage there are undoubtedly so many mixed emotions and thoughts involved. You may find yourself asking so many questions:  Are we making the right choice? What does divorce mean for the future? How will this decision affect our children? How can I ensure I am heard?

There are two main ways to go about the divorce process; Mediation and Litigation. Each of these ways to resolve disputes are fairly different and don’t always work for every couple. Before deciding which route you will take, you must look at each method closely to choose the one that is best for you and your specific situation.


Mediation is a dispute resolving process in which the couple work through any issues together with the help of a mediator. The mediator creates a safe and communication-oriented space for the couple to discuss concerns, and address issues such as custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, etc. It is important to recognize that hiring a mediator means you are still accessing legal advice -  something we recommend, regardless of which process you undertake for your divorce. Additionally, while the mediator is there to facilitate the conversation and offer legal advice, in the end, the final decisions will be made by the couple. 

How Do You Know if Mediation is For You?

Mediation is a great choice for you if you: 

  • Have good communication with one another. 

  • Value the creation of a good working relationship for the future.

  • Agree on all or most issues related to the divorce.

  • I want to have full control over all decisions without going to litigation.


Litigation means that each person involved in the divorce will hire their own divorce lawyer in Edmonton to advise and represent them when the divorce goes to court. The lawyers are highly involved in the whole process and will be looking out for the best interests of their clients in a divorce. 

How Do You Know if You Should Pursue Litigation?

It would best for you to pursue litigation if you: 

  • Have had a history of abuse, infidelity or domestic violence in your marriage.

  • Do not agree on the majority of issues related to the divorce.

  • Carry hard feelings towards your spouse.

  • Do not feel comfortable advocating for yourself.

If you are still confused as to which option is best for you; simply put; mediation is a method that is best for those who are confident they can work well with their spouse to come to a resolution with the help of a professional mediator you agree upon.  On the other hand, litigation is best for those with a more complicated divorce that needs litigation and legal representation for court.

How Can Kolinsky Law Help?

Kolinsky Law has a team of knowledgeable lawyers that will do their best to ensure your needs and your rights are met. They will help guide and advise you through the entire process from initially advising you to finalizing your divorce. Kolinsky Law lawyers will also help with resolving all issues related to divorce (child support, spousal support, financial issues, and property division). Kolinsky Law is dedicated to putting your best interests and the best interest of your children first.

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