Do I really need an attorney for a divorce? - Every person has the right to self-representation in court.  The only question is whether a person has the technical knowledge necessary.  Neither judges nor courthouse staff will provide legal advice.  There are many books and even web-resources that may give sufficient guidance for simple divorces.  If there are no children and very little or no property, it may not be necessary for both parties to be represented by legal counsel.

What about my spouse and I using the same lawyer? - A lawyer cannot represent two people on the opposite side of an issue both anymore than you can play chess against yourself.  An attorney has an ethical obligation to represent a client's best interests.  In a divorce, the best interest of one side is almost always going to contradict the best interest of the other party.

But it certainly is possible for only one spouse to have a lawyer.  I have worked in many cases where I represented a client who wanted to workout an "amicable" divorce.  In such cases, I'm glad to meet with a client's spouse.  I can describe procedures.  I can do all the paperwork and explain its meaning.

What I can't do is provide advice.  Should a particular course of action be followed?  Are there other options available.  Is this a good result considering the facts of a case?  Answers to those sorts of questions, and most importantly answering such questions without even being asked, are reserved for my client alone.

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