Can My Spouse And I Use The Same Lawyer For Our Divorce?
I understand that going through a divorce is a very tumultuous time for people. It can be a very stressful time, as well as emotionally and financially draining. Some couples, wishing to cut down on the costs of a divorce, attempt to utilize one attorney to carry out the divorce and represent both spouses.
It’s important to understand that even in a non-contested divorce — a divorce where couples agree to all the issues in their divorce – each spouse is still placed on opposite sides with conflicting interests. Attorneys are prohibited from representing clients who have conflicted interests, and therefore, cannot represent both parties in the same divorce.
The only scenario in which a couple could enlist a single attorney, would be to simply draft a non-contested divorce agreement. For example, if the parties do come to an amicable resolution, and they are agreeing to all the terms in their divorce, they can jointly choose one attorney to draft their agreement, with the understanding that the attorney is representing one party, and that the other party has the right to seek independent counsel to review the agreement. If those terms are clearly stated, and written into the agreement, then that is a time when you can use one attorney for the same divorce.
If you are considering divorce, or seeking an attorney to represent you in your divorce, do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your specific situation in detail with an experienced family law attorney. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (702) 998-1188, firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule a consultation online.