After successfully negotiating a
divorce agreement with a mediator, you and your spouse should consider having
an independent attorney review the terms of the agreement.
It is not uncommon for the parties in a mediation to also retain independent
attorneys at some point during the process. A mediator works for both
parties. Your attorney is your advocate. She can give you advice tailored
to your specific rights and obligations under the law — in other
words, explain in detail what you're gaining and what you're losing.
Your attorney keeps your best interests in mind.
Many people think that the advice of an attorney can "blow up"
your agreement. From my experience, that's simply not the case. Hiring
an attorney to coach you on mediation specifics, strategy and claims can
help you evaluate solutions and ensure that you're negotiating the
best agreement possible for you and your family.
The worst thing you can do is attend a mediation as a spectator. You need
to actively participate, suggest compromise and make decisions. Consulting
with an attorney prior to mediation is a wise thing to do — and
a lot cheaper in the long-run.
Contact us to learn more about your case.