No one should ever represent themselves at court.  That warning includes private mediation.  You should never enter any agreements or settlement in mediation without advance attorney guidance.  If you are in private mediation with your spouse – retain a “consulting” attorney to guide you in the background, before you sign off on any agreements or settlements.  You need to know both the current and long-term consequences of all deals you enter into, and only an experienced attorney can provide you that guidance.  Remember – your mediator does not represent you or your spouse.

Jonathan D. Larose Esq. MBA, 2/9/19