Can I Change Attorneys During Divorce?
If you do not like your current attorney, change!
We at Miller Law Group, P.C. are often the second lawyers that people use because they were unsatisfied with their previous representatives. If you don’t have good communication with your attorney, change; if you don’t feel like your attorney is doing all that they can, change! But when changing, make sure to retain your new attorney first, before letting the first one go. If your new attorney does a good job, your case should not skip a beat.
I got a phone call last week from someone who wanted to know if they can change divorce attorneys in the middle of the case if they’re not happy with the first one they chose. Listen, changing attorneys during divorce is not uncommon. Frankly, we’re often the second attorneys that people use because people will take someone who helped them with a car accident, or maybe bankruptcy, or maybe someone who helped them with a will, and the attorney says they do divorce as well, but they do it on the side. It’s not their area of focus.
If you don’t have a good rapport with your attorney, change. If you don’t feel your attorney is doing all that he or she can for you, change. But you should do it in this order. First, retain your new divorce attorney, then end your relationship with your existing attorney. Now, your new attorney should handle everything for you—letting the former attorney know, informing the court. And nothing is going to hurt you. You shouldn’t even skip a beat. If you think the time is here where you need to change attorneys, don’t second guess yourself.
It happens all the time.