Q: Should i hire an lawyer on uncontested divorce if i agreed on with wifes lawyer papers.
We agreed that i retain all my debt that is around 15k and in return i get 20k of her 401k.. Sketchy part is her lawyer keeps telling me i don't have to be at court and she is still working on QDRO
A: What the other lawyer is saying isn't uncommon. I still recommend that you consult an attorney to review the documents.
A: Get something in writing from the lawyer that no adverse action will be taken during these negotiations. Strictly speaking, if you have been served with court papers, you only have 30 days to file a response- failure to respond can result in a "default judgment"- just have the attorney confirm in writing that they will not proceed in court while you are finalizing settlement paperwork. As the previous answer indicates- its best to get a lawyer to help review the papers- pension orders ( QDROs) are very complex.
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