Are lawyers present in mediation?

No, in the sense that there’s no requirement for you to have a lawyer acting for you. But you might want to think about taking some advice from a lawyer because it is often helpful to the discussions if each person has a reasonable expectation of what can be achieved. The mediator can provide a wealth of useful information to assist you, because they are a qualified family lawyer, but they cannot advise either of you at any point. It is crucial that the mediator remains impartial. If the mediator feels it would be helpful at some point in the mediation for the parties to take legal advice then they will explain this. We can suggest some friendly and approachable local lawyers to assist you.