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After 15 years of marriage, Brad and Lisa have decided to end their marriage. To save on attorney’s fees, the couple asked Thurgood, their longtime family friend and a lawyer, to represent them both.
Thurgood explained to the couple that one attorney cannot ethically represent both individuals involved in a divorce case. This is because a divorce or legal separation action usually involves two people with different interests. An attorney could not be loyal to one party without doing a disservice to the other. An attorney can represent one spouse and the other can go unrepresented; however, this usually gives an advantage to the spouse who is being represented by an attorney.
Where a couple thinks they agree on all issues, it may seem logical to save money and use one attorney to “handle the paperwork”. However, this is almost always a very bad idea and can have potentially disastrous effects:
To save money, the couple could choose mediation, where they would also benefit from having an attorney present. If Brad has hired a lawyer, it is a good idea that Lisa look into hiring her own lawyer to represent her interests.
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