You have been mediating your divorce for three months, and the break-up is almost done. The agreement states that you and your ex will have alternating holidays with the children, that you will stay relatively close to each other, and that you will keep dividing the mortgage payments.
But How Can You Tell if this is the Right Agreement for You and Your Family?
Mediating keeps you in control and enables you to produce a customized solution that considers each family member– and, will be the most benefitting result in your situation. But you should still hire a mediation friendly attorney as your teammate. Taking the counsel of an attorney will guarantee that the divorce agreement is educated, enforceable and just. Your attorney is there to evaluate your situation, explaining the law pertaining to you, answering your questions, give recommendations, to advise you through, assist you to make rational decisions and ensure you know precisely what you’re signing.
What is the Need for a Lawyer if You are Mediating?
- Where is the children’s school? Can they honestly go 25 miles?
- Do the parents really plan on moving?
- Can they ever move?
- How much notification are they required to give prior to planning a move?
- Does this still apply when the children go to college?
- If the state is inside of 25 miles can you still move?
These defining questions can help bring to light the important details that leads to the agreement being able to be read, comprehended, and understood by anyone that reads it.
When Do You Include Your Attorney?
Why You Need a Mediator and a Lawyer?
Reasons to Hire a Lawyer During Divorce Mediation
There are many other reasons why hiring a lawyer during your divorce mediation might be a good idea including:
- To fully understand your legal rights and responsibilities
- To receive legal advice
- To know your options for important issues like child support and spousal maintenance calculations, property rights, etc.
- To draft your divorce documents
- To help you understand the consequences of your decisions
- To review your divorce documents before you sign them
- Karen Covy, et al. “Divorce Mediation: Do You Need a Mediator AND a Lawyer?” Karen Covy, 11 Dec. 2019, karencovy.com/understanding-divorce-mediation-process-need-mediator-lawyer/.
- “Mediating Your Divorce? Do You Still Need an Attorney?” Mediate.com – Find Mediators – World’s Leading Mediation Information Site, www.mediate.com/articles/RosenthalJ1.cfm.