Can my spouse and I share an attorney?

While it may seem cost effective and simple to hire one attorney in a divorce proceeding, this is not ethical and is not permitted.  Although you may have heard that your friends had only one attorney in their divorce, what likely happened was that one side had an attorney and the other did not.  In family law cases, an attorney is only allowed to represent one side.  If the attorney were to represent both sides, it would be impossible for the attorney to properly advocate for each side.

Remember, there is no such thing as “our attorney.”  Even in the friendliest cases, each side should have the benefit of separate legal advice.

Be aware every situation is unique. If you have questions about your individual situation, please contact an attorney. This post should not be considered legal advice.

3 Quick Tips to Consider When Choosing an Attorney

The decision to hire an attorney is often made during a stressful time.  You may want to consider these 3 quick tips when meeting potential attorneys:

#1 Focus of practice:  Focusing on one area of the law allows for a deeper understanding in that particular area.  Consider this – if you needed heart surgery, would you ask for your family doctor or insist on a cardiologist?

#2 Asking about your goals:  Although an exact outcome can rarely be guaranteed, a successful attorney will ask about your goals, provide feedback on a realistic outcome and will work within the existing court system to achieve them to the extent possible.

#3 Trust your instincts:  You and your attorney will be working closely for the duration of your case.  Your attorney will need to know some of the most intimate details of your private life in order to best represent you.  When you leave the first meeting with a potential attorney, you should feel comfortable sharing these details. 

Be aware every situation is unique.  If you have questions about your individual situation, please contact an attorney.  This post should not be considered legal advice.