You always have the right to represent yourself. I recommend you consult with a different lawyer for a second opinion. Be aware your right to an appeal may have a specific cut off date. Consult with a lawyer today.
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If you agreed in mediation to the division of property then there's not much to appeal because you voluntarily agreed to the settlement. If there were some issues not resolved in mediation or some other format then you would have reached a division of property during a trial. You don't clarify whether there was mediation and then a trial or no mediated settlement agreement and only a trial or just a mediated agreement.
Community property does not have to be split equally, it only has to be divided in a fair and just manner by the court. If you and your ex-husband came to a voluntary agreement on the property then the court does not have to worry about figuring out what a fair and just division would be because you two have done the work for him.
Appeals are highly technical legal processes. You can't just complain to an appellate judge that you didn't understand the divorce as it was happening or you don't like the outcome. You need to make very specific arguments supported by the law. If you did not fully understand the divorce with the help of a lawyer you are probably not prepared to make an appeal without legal counsel.
Of course you can represent yourself. But, you will fail miserably because you don't know the rules or the law.
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Mediation is a great way to settle disputes, but it is very important that both parties completely understand the process and the agreement that is reached. Having said that, it is difficult, but not impossible, to appeal a mediated settlement agreement. If a Final Decree of Divorce has been entered, you have 30 days from the date the decree is signed by the Judge to perfect your appeal. I strongly encourage you to have direct conversation with your attorney about what happened at mediation and about appellate deadlines. If you do not feel comfortable with your attorney, you should consult with another attorney. Please remember to adhere to the deadlines! Good luck.
You're basically bound by the terms of the mediated settlement agreement. However, if there are problems with your ex not complying with its terms and conditions, you can take him to court to have the court enforce the provisions of the agreement.
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