Can We Use the Same Lawyer for Our Uncontested Divorce in Illinois?

February 14, 2024

Uncontested divorce offers a faster and more affordable path to dissolving your marriage in Illinois. While the process itself might seem straightforward, there’s one crucial question many couples ask: can we share the same lawyer?


While tempting, the answer is a resounding no. Here’s why:


1. Ethical Conflicts: At Flat Fee Divorce Solutions, I prioritize ethical representation. Inherent conflicts arise when one lawyer attempts to represent both spouses. Even in seemingly amicable divorces, individual interests and needs can differ. Imagine asking for advice on maximizing your pension while your spouse simultaneously seeks ways to minimize it. This ethical bind compromises the quality of representation for both parties.


2. Quality Concerns: Unfortunately, some less reputable lawyers might agree to represent both parties, often leading to poor-quality work desperate for business. My prices are transparent and I am upfront about the services I offer so I can ensure high-quality representation at a fixed cost.


3. Potential Manipulation: Unethical lawyers might exploit the situation, pretending to represent both parties while favoring one spouse. Its natural and you should be wary of an attorney who says they can represent both people.


4. Potential it will fall apart. If an attorney represents both people, and they cannot agree, the attorney has to stop work and withdraw from representing either person any further. This could cost you more money in the long run. If your goal is to save money, why would you take a risk that could cost you more?


5. Do you really want to worry that the lawyer gave you good advice? When representing 2 people with potentially conflicting desires, the lawyer is not free to give her best advice to each person. So, to keep the lines clear so I can do the best work, I only represent one person.


6. Limited Advice: Lawyers representing both sides often provide watered-down advice, not fully advocating for each individual’s unique needs.


So, what are your options?


At Flat Fee Divorce Solutions, I understand the desire for an efficient and cost-effective divorce. But I will not compromise and agree to a joint representation. Besides, would you want an attorney who would? But, I treat the unrepresented person in the way the professional rules also tell me to. This means my client tells me how to act, and I temper that with my own judgment. I try to start all conversations pleasantly and with a friendly tone, unless such a tone will not suit the case best.


I am happy to refer your soon-to-be-ex to like-minded attorneys who share a similar passion. This way, your soon-to-be-ex gets advice and information, free of conflict. It does add more cost. Alternatively, I can also review paperwork for you, if your soon-to-be-ex has hired someone else.


Contact me today to discuss your specific situation and explore how I can guide you through your uncontested divorce journey with transparency and individual representation.


Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Please consult with an attorney for personalized guidance regarding your specific situation.