Whether the dispute is about divorce or the care of an elder parent, or something else, mediation is likely to produce a better result, sooner, and at less cost. By “better,” I mean a resolution that fits the problem, that the folks involved came up with and thus, are likely to comply with.
By participating together in mediation, the family members improve communication and perhaps even their understanding of each other. This is a good preparation for future family decisions, whether co-parenting or elder care or any other.
Lawyers provide valuable legal advice. Anyone facing a divorce, Medicaid planning, or other law-related dispute should consult with a lawyer. But asking the lawyers to settle the dispute will not be as good for the family as resolving it in mediation.