Allison Quattrocchi, (founder of Family Mediation Center, retired)
HOWEVER, if a client is referred to us by an attorney who is representing that client in the action or an attorney becomes involved in the case, we usually will not draft the final legal documents without asking the attorney whether (a) the attorney would rather have us draft a Memorandum of Understanding from which an attorney will then draft the final pleadings OR (b) whether the attorney is comfortable with us drafting the legal documents subject to attorney review. There are times when clients express their wishes to have the pleadings drafted by their mediator because it is someone they both trust and believe to be impartial. It is our hope any attorney involved would respect those wishes. If an attorney is an Attorney of Record with the Court, the paperwork can be prepared under the name of the spouse who is not represented, or the Attorney of Record can sign off on the documents or file a Motion to Withdraw.