I will be representing myself in divorce Mediation (due to lack of income) and need to bring a new Sworn Financial Statement with me. Can I have a bank Notary notarize my SFS or do I need to take it to the County Clerk (Boulder Court) and have them file and notarize it?
A notary in the State ofColorado can perform the notarization. It does not have to be a court clerk. The most important concept however, is not to sign any binding agreements until you have spoken with an attorney and reviewed what you are thinking of signing. I will tell you that we often represent clients who regret signing mediation agreements without having any legal advice.
Bank notary is fine. Does the other party have income - if so, you can try and get them to pay your fees. You might at least hire a lawyer for an hour or two to look over your mediation agreements before you sign them so you know you are getting a fair deal (you don't have to agree to anything at mediation). No where is "an ounce of prevention" truer than in divorce law. I hope this helps.
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I agree with counsel. It's important to have your agreement looked over by an attorney before you sign. While it's not required to have an attorney with you at the mediation, it is certainly helpful to have consulted with one beforehand in order to be knowledgeable about your rights so you can engage in a meaningful negotiation where you fully aware of what you are agreeing to. I recommend researching pro bono attorneys in your area that may be able to assist you either in advance of the mediation, at the actual mediation session, or after the mediation and before you have signed anything. If you cannot find free or low cost legal assistance, I highly encourage that you hire an attorney solely to have them review the agreement before you sign. Best of luck.