On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
For many Florida spouses, the end of their marriage is not expected to be a bitter or highly contentious affair. Plenty of couples are content to simply go their separate ways and want to process their divorce with as little acrimony and stress as possible. To that end, some will consider using one attorney to complete the entire divorce process, in the belief that this will further reduce tension and also lead to lower legal bills. In reality, however, there are plenty of reasons why spouses should retain separate legal counsel, no matter how cooperative the divorce might be.
Having an attorney handle one’s divorce does not necessarily mean that one or both sides are preparing to go into battle. It is simply a savvy legal and financial move, from a number of different standpoints. For one thing, the sole purpose of a divorce attorney is to use his or her expertise to take the needs of the client and place them at the forefront of the process. This means taking the time to sit down and listen to the spouse’s current and projected needs and goals, then providing legal advice aimed at meeting those aims.
When an attorney tries to process both sides of a divorce, it becomes virtually impossible to look after either client’s interests fully. No matter how collaborative divorce may be, there are going to be areas in which the outcome will benefit one party over the other. Achieving complete parity is not a reasonable expectation, which is why each side should have someone to turn to with questions or concerns about the best path forward.
For those in Florida who are certain that a collaborative divorce is their preferred approach, hiring individual divorce attorneys does nothing to slow down the collaborative process. In fact, it may even be easier to move through the process. This is due to the fact that when each side has access to legal counsel, both spouses can rest assured that the decisions being made are in line with their interests, while also being fair to the other party.
CBS Boston, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Understanding Divorce“, Dee Lee, Aug. 15, 2016