You and your spouse decided that you no longer want to be together. So far, you’ve been able to handle that decision respectfully, and you’ve both agreed to work together to try to resolve your divorce issues.
At this point, you both want to save money, but you know the importance of working with an attorney to make sure you cross your T’s and dot your I’s. You question is, can you use the same attorney? If you’re both in agreement, can one attorney draw up the documents for you to submit them to the court?
You need different divorce attorneys
Unfortunately, you will need to have two divorce attorneys. While you both may be committed to working together, which is an excellent decision, you still need to have two attorneys to help protect your individual interests.
You deserve to have an attorney on your side who looks over agreements and talks to you about the law. You need to understand your rights and be sure that the decisions you’re making are in your best interests.
Your spouse deserves this same attention. They need to have an attorney who can go over agreements you’ve both decided on, too, so they can be sure they’re legal and binding.
Having two attorneys doesn’t mean going to war
When you think about having two attorneys, you might think that it will cause more conflict. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Your attorneys can both work together to help you and your spouse resolve your divorce amicably. Two attorneys don’t have to be at odds, and they aren’t there to make things more difficult for you.
When you work with two different attorneys, they will be on their clients’ sides, but they will also help you in the way you want to be helped. If that means collaborating together to resolve conflicts or just reviewing a few documents before they’re submitted to the courts, then that’s what they’ll do for you.
Both parties should discuss their cases with attorneys. Whether or not those are opposing attorneys will come down to the kind of help you want.