Do I need 1 or 2 attorneys?


#1

My wife has served me papers for Divorce of bed & board 45 days ago. It referenced a 30 day timeframe for my response. An attorney I have used in past for other issues requested a 30 day extension which he said is very common. I have to counter because she is asking for full custody & I pay her legal fees. She was the one that had the affair and I’m the one out of my house & not with my children!!!

I am pursuing a suit for Alienation of Affection & Criminal Conversation, just have not actually sat down for the consult yet to get the ball rolling. Guess I was hoping we could work things out & make it more civil.

Question is “should I hire the same attorney to handle the Divorce and the AA/CC suits or is it more wise to have two seperate attorneys? What are the advantages or disadvantages both ways?”

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience!


#2

You can use separate attorneys if you want to. I don’t know if there’s a distinct advantage one way or the other. I can say that most family law attorneys also are competent to represent you on A of A and CC claims as well. Our firm handles both. I will also say that A of A is very expensive to litigate, so you will certainly have to pay an additional fee to your attorney if you choose to stay with the same one.


#3

YES! you can use separate attorneys if you want to…It’s important to ask a lot of questions in order to get a feel for the type of lawyer you will feel comfortable with.

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