Divorce 101 FAQs

Can My Spouse and I Hire the Same Lawyer?

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Joint retainers are not permitted for family law matters. A joint retainer would pose a direct conflict of interest and is therefore not practicable. You and your ex-partner will each be required to retain your own lawyer.

Each lawyer is required to explain every step of the process and provide advice to their clients. If the parties want to mediate the issues, then they can jointly hired a mediator to help them resolve the issues. These issues will later be put into a Separation Agreement and each party will have to hire their own lawyers to provide them with Independent Legal Advice.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

For more information, visit our website, or you can call us at: 905-655-6335.