When your spouse files for a divorce, you might feel lost or have no idea what the next step in your life is. All the promises or things that you and your spouse worked hard for are coming to an end. Then, your spouse hires an attorney to intimidate you in the courtroom, some people might still try to represent themselves facing a professional lawyer. Although you are not required to hire a lawyer to represent you in court, yet, going up against a professional divorce lawyer who has years of experience in divorce cases is a not smart decision.
Can I Share a Divorce Lawyer with My Spouse?
No, you cannot share a divorce lawyer with your divorce. One lawyer cannot legally represent both parties in the same case. The only time when one lawyer can represent both parties is when couples have already come to an agreement on custody issues, the division of debt, and asset partitioning of their own. Then, all you need is one lawyer to write the divorce agreement. However, because the lawyer only represents whoever hired him/her, you cannot get any legal advice from the lawyer. Thus, it is highly recommended to have your own lawyer so you can receive professional legal advice and have the lawyer read the divorce agreement before you sign it.
When You Should Hire a Lawyer
You should hire a lawyer if your finances are complex or you think your spouse has hidden assets that have yet to be discovered. You would want all the information that can lead to a fair split of assets. In addition to that, if there is an issue dealing with custody arrangement, you would need to hire a lawyer to resolve the problem. An experienced lawyer who fully understands the law in Massachusetts will give you a higher rate of success in your custody case.
When to Consult a Lawyer
When you are unsure about what are the next steps of a divorce proceeding or if you need to understand your legal rights better, you should consult a lawyer right away. Some lawyers charge their clients for a flat fee or hourly.
Contact the Law Office of Andrew H.P. Norton Today
If you are looking for a professional and experienced divorce lawyer in West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Duxbury, Brockton, and other places in the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts, look no further than the Law Office of Andrew H.P. Norton. We have over 27 years of experience working with couples going through a divorce in the area. We will handle your child custody, alimony, complex divorce, and other divorce-related cases. Contact us for a FREE consultation!