Legal Services After Mediation

Once you and your spouse have reached agreement on all of the issues, the mediator will typically prepare a written summary of the agreement, which is called a Memorandum of Understanding.  The Memorandum of Understanding is not legally binding.  Therefore, the next step is to engage an attorney on your behalf.  I would first advise you with respect to the legal implications of your mediated agreement.  I would also advise you as to any divorce-related financial and tax implications (for a more comprehensive analysis, I would refer you to trusted financial advisors and/or accountants).  Thereafter, in consultation with you, we would resolve any open-ended issues and I would prepare a legally binding Marital Settlement Agreement and file the appropriate court documents required to obtain a Judgment of Divorce.  Of course, you can select any or all of these legal services following your mediation.