If your spouse wants to negotiate a marital settlement agreement without a divorce attorney, should you do so? This is generally a bad idea for several reasons.
First, the law can be very complicated. Unless you know what your legal rights are, you may get a bad agreement. Second, in some relationships, one spouse is much more powerful or legally sophisticated than the other. A good lawyer can equalize that relationship. You can, however, suggest that your divorce be mediated which is almost always your best course of action.