Do I Need to Meet with a Divorce Lawyer before Mediation?

It's a question I hear a lot: "Do I need to meet with a divorce lawyer or coach before I begin mediation with my spouse?"

Short answer: yes.

And here's why (in less than two minutes):

Quick listen: CEO Erin Levine explains why it's a good idea to consult with a lawyer or coach before mediation.




You don't need to keep a coach or lawyer on retainer, but you should get advice from a trained, trusted professional. You're about to unwind the biggest financial contract of your life, and you'll want to do it correctly. Remember: we're (always) here to help!

Learn how we help with mediation, or book time right now with a Hello Divorce legal coach in as little as 30-minute increments.


Founder, CEO & Certified Family Law Specialist
Mediation, Divorce Strategy, Divorce Insights, Legal Insights
After over a decade of experience as a Certified Family Law Specialist, Mediator and law firm owner, Erin was fed up with the inefficient and adversarial “divorce corp” industry and set out to transform how consumers navigate divorce - starting with the legal process. By automating the court bureaucracy and integrating expert support along the way, Hello Divorce levels the playing field between spouses so that they can sort things out fairly and avoid missteps. Her access to justice work has been recognized by the legal industry and beyond, with awards and recognition from the likes of Women Founders Network, TechCrunch, Vice, Forbes, American Bar Association and the Pro Bono Leadership award from Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Erin lives in California with her husband and two children, and is famously terrible at board games.