Many divorcing couples want to share one lawyer to handle their divorce. They may have already decided how they want to divide their property or have limited assets to divide. However, in Michigan, one lawyer cannot ethically represent both parties in a divorce. Therefore, after receiving numerous requests to represent both parties in a divorce, we have created a procedure to allow our firm to handle all of the paperwork and assist in completing the divorce from beginning to end.
Benefits of a One Lawyer Divorce
There are a number of benefits of a One Lawyer Divorce. The primary benefit is a complete divorce handled by an experienced divorce attorney for less money that you would pay two attorneys. Also, when parties agree to complete their divorce amicably, without fighting and without litigation, there is less stress, and the parties are more prepared for life post-divorce. Finally, if there are minor children, an amicable divorce can lessen the impact of the divorce on the children. Read some additional advantages here.
How Does a One Lawyer Divorce Work?
Steps in a One Lawyer Divorce
Is a One Lawyer Divorce Suitable for Every Case?
If Our Case is Not Suitable for a One Lawyer Divorce are there Other Options for an Amicable Divorce?
Yes, one option is a Collaborative Divorce. In a Collaborative Divorce, the parties and the attorneys sign a contract agreeing to work together to reach a settlement. The parties agree that, if a settlement is not reached, the attorneys will withdraw from the case, thereby taking away any incentive for either attorney to initiate litigation to generate a larger fee.
In addition, parties can agree to retain a private mediator to resolve the issues in their divorce prior to filing or soon thereafter, eliminating the need for litigation.