Brian S. Loughmiller, a family lawyer in McKinney, answers:
You should advise your attorney if you have negotiated or intend to negotiate with your spouse. Often times to achieve an amicable settlement, we will tell our clients to have general discussions with their spouse to see if they can achieve some common goals as it relates to issues. This is especially true in child custody situations where it is important that the divorcing couples can continue to co-parent their children as it relates to decisions involving medical, psychological, or educational needs. If your are negotiating directly with your spouse, you should not sign an agreement without first consulting with your attorney so that you are aware of any claims you may have or may be giving up in that negotiation.