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Does each spouse need their own lawyer for a mediation divorce?

Getting your own attorney is not required in a mediation divorce, but is an option. In divorce mediation, each spouse decides for themself whether to get advice from their own lawyer.

If you decide to talk to your own attorney, consider doing so:

Why some spouses get their own attorney for divorce mediation

A divorce mediator does not represent either spouse. This means that a divorce mediator:

So, in mediation a divorcing spouse might hire their own lawyer to:

Each spouse gets to decide for themself whether to consult their own lawyer during a mediation divorce. If you decide to hire your own attorney, consider one who is:

Why some spouses don't get their own attorney for divorce mediation

Some divorcing couples find that their divorce mediator provides enough legal information and assistance. An experienced divorce mediator will:

So, either spouse participating in divorce mediation may choose not to hire their own lawyer if they:

Divorce Mediator Dann Johns
Dann Johns,
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

I support and respect each spouse's choice about whether to get separate legal advice and representation. Some choose to consult with their own lawyer, but husbands and wives are not required to hire separate lawyers for divorce mediation.

If you choose not to hire your own lawyer, consider reading each legal document carefully before signing, to make sure its terms are right for you.

If you were working with your own lawyer before divorce mediation

Sometimes divorcing wives and husbands come to mediation after a court case has started. If papers have been filed with a court, divorce mediation cannot begin until I receive consent from each spouse's attorney (per Pennsylvania lawyer ethics rules).

When spouses ask their lawyers, often consent to try divorce mediation is given right away. Divorce attorneys who know me know that:

Divorce mediation for you and your spouse

Consider sharing this website with your spouse. If both of you are interested in a mediation divorce, the next step is to schedule a free consultation about divorce mediation.

To learn more about peaceful divorce, check out these articles about divorce mediation in Pennsylvania.

I wish you and your spouse much peace and well-being!

Dann Johns
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

Content updated February 22, 2023

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Dann Johns is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Practice limited to divorce mediation cases.