If you’re choosing to try mediation for your divorce, you still want to make sure you have a Virginia divorce attorney on your side to make sure everything goes smoothly. You do not have to have a lawyer to go through the mediation process, but it can certainly make things easier for you.

So why is a mediation lawyer so important? Here are a few things he can do for you:

  • Be a part of your team. When you’re in mediation, there’s no one else on "your" side because the mediator is a completely un-biased third party. Having a divorce attorney helps you feel more comfortable. You relax with the knowledge that you have someone backing you up if things aren’t really going the way you would like them to. Divorce can make a person feel lonely enough, and having an attorney on your team will help alleviate some of that.
  • Give you legal advice. Mediators aren’t allowed to give you advice about legal matters, so if you have questions, you need to have an experienced divorce mediation attorney to talk to. Your lawyer can answer questions at any point—before, during, or after mediation. Many people find having a lawyer during mediation to be a great asset because it empowers them to understand their legal rights.
  • Make sure you’re fully covered. Since a divorce mediation lawyer has your best interests in mind, they will be able to look at any final documents before you sign them. They will make sure agreements you reach are truly fair, and that you are getting what you deserve in this divorce.

If you are going through a divorce in the Richmond or Williamsburg areas and would like help with mediation, contact Smith Strong at 804-325-1245 (Richmond) or 757-941-4298 (Williamsburg) for a no-obligation consultation.

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