How Do Lawyers Help in Divorce Mediation?
One common question people have about mediation is whether they need an attorney in the process. While technically you can go through the mediation process without an attorney, it’s much more advisable that you seek legal assistance in the process.
Here are just a few of the biggest benefits that come with working with an attorney in the mediation process:
- Experience: Attorneys understand all of the rules and procedures associated with mediation. They’ll be able to help you get comfortable with the process before your sessions so you can go in knowing exactly what to expect.
- Connections: Attorneys will be able to refer you to mediators they know and trust, if the mediator isn’t assigned to you by the court. Their connections can be quite valuable.
- Prep: Attorneys can work with you to prepare you for the discussions you’ll have in mediation, and help you feel comfortable going in to your negotiations.
- Settlement work: Your attorney can help you decide whether a potential settlement works for you, and analyze the proposed settlement for any missing details or possible issues. They’ll be able to serve as your advocate to make sure any settlement does not take advantage of you and will be in your best interest.
- Paperwork: Attorneys are experienced in developing important legal documents related to your divorce that you will need to file with the court. For example, if you and your spouse reach agreements on the issues of your divorce, an attorney will be able to draft the settlement paperwork that you will sign, and then file it on your behalf.
To learn more about the benefits of working with an attorney in the mediation process, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.