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3 reasons you need your own lawyer for divorce mediation

Mediation is an increasingly popular solution for couples going their own way after a marriage. Unlike a litigated divorce handled by the courts, mediation involves divorcing spouses working together to set terms for the various issues in their divorce. The end result of mediation is the ability to file an uncontested divorce, which saves on time and money for the spouses.

Mediation can also help shield your kids from the drama involved in a courtroom divorce and prevent the issues from your marriage becoming public record. Choosing mediation is often a great solution for couples looking to move on instead of dwelling in the past.

Before you go rushing into mediation, however, it's important to consider the fact that an agreement is binding. You want to know that you are making the right decisions in mediation. Working with an experienced family law attorney is one way to ensure positive outcome for your mediation session. There are certain benefits that make having your own representation at mediation invaluable.

Your attorney is watching out for you

Emotions can have a profound impact on your ability to advocate for yourself during a mediation session. In your desire to compromise or get the divorce over with as quickly as possible, you could make mistakes in judgment.

The terms of your divorce will impact your life for many years to come. When you have an attorney you trust, you know someone is watching out for your best interests at every point in the process. Your attorney can help you stay focused on the bigger picture.

Your attorney can be a buffer against direct communication with your ex

If you are really struggling with the divorce, meeting to discuss terms directly with your spouse could be very stressful and upsetting. You may not want to talk directly to or negotiate with your ex.

Having your attorney there to speak on your behalf and handle the communication can make things a little bit easier and less emotional for everyone involved. Your attorney can confer with you or even request that mediation take place in separate rooms to reduce the stress of the situation.

Adequate representation increases your chances of success

When both you and your ex and work with a mediator, the end result should be paperwork that the courts will accept as part of your divorce. From ensuring that the signatures are properly placed to verifying that the terms comply with standards in the state of Florida, your attorney at mediation helps avoid the minor mistakes that can result in major divorce pitfalls for some couples.

Although it can be complicated, mediation is often a great option for couples looking to divorce quickly and without the public spectacle of a trial. Working with an experienced family law attorney can help ensure you reap the benefits of mediation without falling victim to common issues.

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