Getting your own attorney is not required in divorce mediation, but is an option. In a mediation divorce, 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:
A divorce mediator cannot represent either spouse the way a lawyer represents a client. For example, a mediator:
Because of this, a spouse might hire their own lawyer to:
Each spouse gets to decide for themself. If you decide to talk with your own attorney, consider one who is:
For some divorcing spouses, their divorce mediator provides enough legal information and assistance. An experienced divorce mediator will:
So, a spouse may choose not to hire their own lawyer if they:
In a mediation divorce each spouse decides for themself.
❝Husbands and wives are not required to hire any other lawyer. Their entire mediation divorce—from initial consultation through divorce decree—can be handled by me.❞
If you decide not to hire your own lawyer, consider reading legal documents carefully before signing—to make sure the terms are right for you.
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 initial consult with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney.