Once she was served the papers, she said she was on her way to get them but I beat her to the punch; our mediation or hearing is on October 1 - The whole point of doing it this way was to avoid lawyers, neither of us want something from the other so I’m not understanding why I need a lawyer
Are you asking lawyers to convince you why you need a lawyer? I suppose its like any other trade or profession. You can probably do some plumbing, electric, maybe even put a bandaid on a cut, but can you do everything a plumber, electrician, indian chief, doctor, lawyer can do? Nope, you can't. You want it done right hire a lawyer. Or, you can be like the many folks that don't and get what you pay for.
I myself hired a surgeon when I needed surgery. I also needed a root canal done last year and I hired a dentist. I didn't feel well qualified to practice either of those professions.
You might be smarter than me. If you feel well qualified to practice law, go for it. It could be much more expensive to not hire an experienced family law attorney.
The opinion that I express should not be considered to be legal advice that can be relied on. It is based only on the limited amount of information provided rather than doing a thorough review of all of the important information that is required to give accurate legal advice. You should consult with an attorney that has extensive background in the area of the law that your are inquiring about.
The fact that you've filed for divorce, and you're both on the same page is a great start. Divorce is complicated, however, and although you may say neither wants anything from the other, are you sure? Are you getting the benefits and assets to which you're entitled? What about joint debt? How about the debt in one person's name that you used for marital purposes, like propane, groceries, and vacations?
Mediation isn't necessarily binding, so are you prepared to walk away if you don't get the result you want? Are you able to advocate for yourself without getting emotional or frustrated? Mediation isn't free, so why waste your chance to do it right by going in by yourself?
You don't HAVE to have a lawyer, but whatever you agree to is permanent. It might be in your best interest to have someone attend mediation with you and review any settlement agreement before you sign it. If you sign it and want to change it later, it's not easy, nor is it cheap.
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