In divorce mediation both parties share the cost of the mediation down the middle – 50/50. When you consult a lawyer you pay for your lawyer’s time by the hour, and each individual is responsible for the total time and cost of their divorce lawyers.
Many divorcing parties are concerned about not having a divorce lawyer during the mediation process itself. They feel their rights may not be protected or they might make mistakes if they do not have someone “who is totally on their side.” The difference between a divorce mediator vs lawyer, is that the mediator works for both parties and for the integrity of the settlement process.
The divorcing parties may retain a divorce lawyer before the mediation begins if they wish. In some cases they may even bring their lawyers with them to the mediation. This is VERY expensive. Paying for both the divorce mediator and lawyer can easily triple the divorce expenses with no discernible benefit.