Can we both have a single (the same) lawyer?
After a period of 7 months of discussing the future of our marriage, we have mutually decided to live separately. We are not adversarial towards each other. We both want to live with dignity and without hampering our own status. One of my closest friends, who also thinks of my wife as his sister, is a lawyer. Can he represent both our sides in this case, as there is nothing more to argue about?
It is better to have an amicable divorce, but even so, divorce attorneys have guidelines they must follow. Divorce attorneys have to protect their client's interests, and cannot do so if they are also representing their client's spouse in a divorce case.
You can, however, have uncontested divorce lawyers, or collaborative divorce lawyers if you wish to have a divorce lawyer present AT the divorce hearing.
Or, you could use mediation or a collaborative divorce, and represent yourselves as pro se litigants AT the divorce hearing.
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Best of luck to you.
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