NATURE OF THE PROCESS
Divorcing couples often resort to separate attorneys to represent each of them when either the emotional or the substantive issues, or both, in their situation make it difficult for them to negotiate directly with each other. At times one party will have an attorney and the other chooses to represent him/herself.
Most divorce attorneys have effective negotiation skills.
Some spouses need an attorney to negotiate for him or her.
Parties have input into the process through their attorneys.
Attorneys organize appropriate exchange of disclosures.
Provides assurance that settlement is within fair parameters.
Can be an overly expensive, delayed and stressful process.
“Firestoker” divorce attorneys may seek to stir up conflict.
General practice attorneys may lack divorce settlement skills.
Attorneys at times become personally involved in the case.
Ultimate focus of the case may be on litigation, not settlement.