Role of a Review Attorney in Divorce Mediation
During our free consultations, many people express concerns about handling a divorce without an attorney representing them. They feel that they will never be able to speak up and assert their rights on their own. We urge people not to let this concern prevent you from mediating. There are many safeguards in place:
1. We as neutral mediators make certain that one party does not overpower the other party- we have been trained to handle situations where this occurs.
2. We are not only mediators, but we are also attorneys. So we know what would “probably” happen in Court – we will not let parties walk out of a mediation where one person has an unfair deal.
3. Review Attorneys/Consulting Attorneys – Mediation Friendly but Looking After Just You: We strongly recommend that each person obtain their own review attorney. A review attorney is an attorney that solely represents YOUR interests (not your ex’s).
4. Review attorneys are attorneys familiar with the divorce mediation process. They are generally divorce mediators themselves. They know what to look for in a separation agreement. They are also attorneys who respects the mediation process and are not going to sabotage it to generate big legal fees by saying: “Never mind mediation, let’s sue the So and So in court!”
5. A review attorney is most often maglie calcio poco prezzo utilized after the mediation is completed, and the separation agreement is drafted. They review the completed agreement on your behalf, and make certain that you understand all of the terms, and that all of the terms are fair from your point of view.
6. Sometimes mediating individuals seek the assistance of a consulting attorney during the mediation process. A review/consulting attorney can guide you on the law, look at the situation solely on your behalf . and tell you what you should be asking for. Moreover, there are certain times when this consulting attorney will actually sit in on the mediation – if you feel their presence makes you feel more confortable.
7. Benefits of a Review Attorney: The benefits of a review attorney in divorce mediation are many: You obtain the feedback of an attorney who solely represents your interests. They can guide you through the process during the mediation if you are hesitant about mediating alone. Their name goes right into the separation agreement so that if the agreement is challenged down the road, it can’t be said that you didn’t have an attorney represent you.
So don’t forgo mediation – and all its benefits of saving time, money and stress – because you feel that you can’t divorce without the use of an attorney. You do have your own attorney to look after you during the mediation process!