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Divorce Q&A: Is it Possible to Get Divorced With Just One Attorney?


When you and your spouse are considering or have decided to get divorced, you’ll likely begin meeting with potential divorce lawyers in Naperville. After all, you do need an attorney to get divorced, right?

Actually, you don’t. In fact, if both you and your spouse wanted to proceed without attorneys as pro se individuals, you could. Depending on the county in which you live, there are sometimes even entire Courtrooms dedicated solely to those who have chosen to represent themselves pro se.

A much more common approach is for one spouse to retain an attorney and for the other to proceed pro se. There are several benefits of doing so and in below, we’ll discuss why, if you’re considering divorce, you may be able to save attorney’s fees by relying on just one professional in your case.

How Does Divorce Work if Only One Attorney is Involved?

Divorce cases in which one spouse retains a Naperville divorce lawyer and the other chooses to proceed pro se are often cases that are uncontested. This means that both spouses want the divorce and are willing to work together to resolve the issues of the case. These issues may include spousal maintenance, child support, property and debt division, and several other areas.

In these cases, both spouses will come in and meet with the attorney and discuss the relevant issues. By working out an agreement, you can expedite the case and save money traditionally spent in litigation or negotiation between two attorneys while still working out an agreement you and your spouse find suitable.

Benefits of a One-Attorney Arrangement

While we already discussed many benefits of a one-attorney arrangement above, they’re worth reiterating.

Here are the top benefits realized by clients at our firm:

  • Cost Savings – Between two attorney retainers, time spent in negotiations, time spent in Court, and other common costs, working with one attorney and with your spouse will save you a significant amount of money.
  • Time – Divorces can take months or years with multiple attorneys involved. Some attorneys may even prolong your case to earn more money. By working with one attorney, you can save the time spent in negotiation and expedite the divorce process.
  • Facilitates a Future Relationship – Spouses that are able to work with one attorney on their divorce are often those who get along after as well. This makes it simpler for them to parent or simply confront any lingering issues after a divorce is over.

Keep in mind that if you are the spouse who hires the attorney, your attorney is still going to represent your best interests. In uncontested cases, however, this doesn’t mean that your spouse’s interests aren’t protected as well through their involvement in the negotiation process.

Contact Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. for Your Uncontested Divorce Needs

As a Naperville divorce lawyer with over 35 years of experience, Lawrence R. Surinak has handled thousands of uncontested divorces throughout his career. Through a communicative, supportive environment, we ensure that we address the concerns and needs of both you and your spouse while protecting the best interests of our client.

To learn more about this arrangement as an option for your divorce or to take advantage of your free 30-minute consultation, contact a member of our firm at 630-470-9990 or fill in our simple online form.

We look forward to speaking with you and giving you the information necessary to decide how to proceed with your case.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.