As an experienced DC divorce lawyer, many people ask me whether I can represent both parties in a divorce.
The answer is…
It is unethical and is a conflict of interest for one DC divorce lawyer to provide advice to both parties whether it is a friendly situation or not.
Are there any instances where spouses can use the same DC divorce lawyer?
In a case where things are relatively friendly, many times I prepare a Separation Agreement based on what my client and his or her spouse have agreed upon. It is then up to my client’s spouse to decide if he or she wants to retain an attorney to review the draft Agreement.
It is always best for each person to have his or her own attorney to provide advice and answer questions.
But, it is up to each person independently.