Does each spouse need their own lawyer for divorce mediation?

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.

Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator and Attorney Dann Johns
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

  • Practice limited to mediation divorce since 2012
  • Attorney & Counsellor at Law admitted to Pennsylvania Bar in 1988
  • Active attorney license PA52681
  • Member of Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • Committed to peaceful resolution of all divorce issues

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 cannot represent either spouse the way a lawyer represents a client. For example, a mediator:

  • cannot advise either spouse about individual legal rights;
  • cannot say whether terms discussed in divorce mediation are right for either spouse individually.

Because of this, a spouse might hire their own lawyer to:

  • get advice about individual legal rights,
  • review legal documents before signing.

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Each spouse gets to decide for themself. If you decide to talk with your own attorney, consider one who is:

  • experienced in family law,
  • upfront about fees and payment terms,
  • familiar with divorce mediation.

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

For some divorcing spouses, their divorce mediator provides enough legal information and assistance. An experienced divorce mediator will:

  • provide general legal information during divorce mediation sessions,
  • make sure wives and husbands discuss all important divorce topics.

So, a spouse may choose not to hire their own lawyer if they:

  • are satisfied with the legal information provided by the mediator;
  • are okay with the divorce terms as discussed and decided;
  • want to keep the cost of mediation divorce as low as possible.

In a mediation divorce each spouse decides for themself.

Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator and Attorney Dann Johns
Divorce Mediator & Attorney

❝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.

Divorce mediation for you & 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 with Dann Johns, Divorce Mediator & Attorney.

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

Wishing you and your family much peace and well-being!

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