"Can our Mediator be a family law lawyer?"
The ANSWER is “yes” - and from a number of perspectives, it is beneficial to the dialogue that the mediator understand the issues to be addressed, including from a legal perspective. A mediator/lawyer will be able to prepare a list of topics to be addressed, for example, and even provide the parties with basic information about the law relating to those topics. It is important to understand, however, that this mediator/lawyer CANNOT give legal advice, to either of the parties. For the purposes of the mediation, that mediator/lawyer takes off their “lawyer” hat and each of the parties have to get legal advice from their own lawyers.