I cannot overemphasize the need to find experienced, competent, matrimonial counsel
when searching for legal representation in a divorce situation. From your description it is apparent
that your lawyer neglected to inform you of the terms of the proposed settlement as they were being discussed and deliberated and to properly investigate the property that was being offered to you in settlement, to see if there were any claims or liens against such property.
At this stage, you must employ experienced, legal counsel to review all of the documents you have signed and to advise you how to proceed. Do not, under any circumstances, sign any more papers until you have read them and have reviewed them with legal counsel.
These matters are too important to proceed without proper legal advice and you must do whatever you must to get the money necessary to hire an attorney who can represent you, especially in such a situation. Failure to do so will impact you and your children for the rest of your lives.
Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions