Divorce is expensive – both emotionally, physically and financially. One way you may consider saving a few bucks is to reduce attorney fees by both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse using the same divorce attorney for legal representation.
You wonder “Should we share a divorce attorney?”
Can you use the same lawyer in a divorce in Louisiana?
Bad news – sharing a divorce lawyer is not possible in Louisiana. You and your spouse – even if everything is agreed upon – are opposing parties in a divorce lawsuit. This is an unwaivable conflict of interest for any attorney. The Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct do not permit an attorney to represent both parties in a lawsuit.
Your Metairie Divorce Attorney cannot represent you and your spouse. Neither can your Destrehan Divorce Lawyer. You and your spouse need to have a separate family law attorney in Louisiana.
An attorney owes the client many duties including confidentiality, impartiality, and must look out for their client’s best interest. This cannot happen if the attorney represents both sides – which is why the conflict cannot be waived.
Even if spouses agree, sharing a divorce attorney in Louisiana isn’t just a bad idea, it’s not allowed.
How can I save money in a divorce?
Now, what does happen from time to time is one party retains an attorney and the other does not. Even in these situations, the attorney is not allowed to give any legal advice. The party without an attorney should remember the attorney is not there to protect their interests or ensure fairness.
When to hire your own divorce lawyer
If your situation includes:
- complex finances,
- spousal support,
- child support or child custody issues,
- an imbalance of information, money, or power
Don’t be cheap - consult with a family lawyer before signing a settlement agreement as it could save you plenty more in the long run!
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