What is Review Counsel?
The decision to mediate your divorce is a good one, both financially and emotionally. The mediator however is a neutral third party and cannot give individual legal advice to either party or comment on the fairness of the agreement. Therefore most individuals in the divorce mediation process choose to seek independent advice and counsel from an experienced family attorney of their choice, or an attorney recommended by the mediator. This independent attorney is called “Review Counsel”.
What Does Review Counsel Do?
Meets with individuals going through divorce mediation to discuss their case, answer questions and review the final agreement.
Review counsel meets with individuals at all stages of the divorce mediation process.
Some individuals seek independent advice prior to starting mediation to discuss how the process works, what topics to discuss and to get basic information on the law and subjects, such as custody and support. Other individuals choose to meet in between mediation sessions to discuss the status of the mediation and the progress being made.
Many individuals seek review counsel at the end of the mediation process when an agreement has been prepared by the mediator so they can discuss and get advice on the fairness of the agreement and ask questions that they would prefer not to ask during the mediation session.
What Are The Advantages of Review Counsel?
Review Counsel acts as your advocate, focusing on your best interests, needs and concerns, a key component that will help to ensure a fair and equitable outcome.
Review Counsel will discuss and review your divorce agreement and will ensure that you are being protected and the agreement is fair and equitable.
Meeting with Review Counsel gives you an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns that you may not feel comfortable doing at the mediation table.
Review counsel can help prepare you for mediation sessions in terms of questions to ask and how to advocate for yourself the mediation process.
The client decides the extent of the involvement of their Review Counsel during their mediation process based on their needs, concerns and level of comfort regarding and throughout the mediation process.