If you are considering getting a divorce in Florida and using mediation, you may be wondering if you need an attorney. Legally, the answer is no. But if you’re smart, your answer is yes, you do need an attorney – as an advisor more than an advocate.
Before you begin your Florida divorce mediation, you should consult with a lawyer to be sure you are well educated on your legal rights and the mediation process. A Florida divorce lawyer with mediation experience can:
Explain your options – a mediation lawyer can help you with the mediation process, explain your options, help you find a mediator and help you persuade your spouse to use mediation if necessary.
Be a coach – a mediation attorney can act as a legal “coach” during your mediation, helping your prepare and answering your questions.
Evaluate agreements – before you sign any legal agreement, you need to have a trusted legal advisor go over it to make sure it has everything you want in it and is likely to pass muster with the court.
Prepare documentation – if your mediator does not provide this service, a mediation lawyer can help you prepare your divorce documents and interface with the court on your behalf.