CAN YOU SEE A LAWYER WITH YOUR PARTNER IF YOU’RE SEPARATING?

CAN YOU SEE A LAWYER WITH YOUR PARTNER IF YOU’RE SEPARATING?

Dear Diane, My partner and I are still together, but we’re talking about separating. Can we see a lawyer together?

You are able to see a lawyer while you’re still together, and this is sometimes done to assist with “getting your ducks in a row” prior
to separation. However, you can’t see a lawyer with your partner.

This is because lawyers must act in the interests of their clients, and if you do separate, the best outcome for you conflicts with the best outcome for them. You should each seek your own legal advice, whether this is before or after separation, even if you agree about what is to happen.

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