Ask your lawyer if a divorce is right for you


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One Response to Ask your lawyer if a divorce is right for you

  1. I agree that people may need to consider many aspects, but is divorce a “legal” problem or a “social” problem.

    Would it be more appropriate to ask a “marriage counselor” if divorce is right for you PRIOR to speaking to an attorney?

    The attorney will certainly be able to give you all the answers about how to protect property, child custody and visitation, etc., but are they (and should they be) really in the business of “counseling?”

    Most of my domestic relations/divorce attorney friends note that one of the most frustrating parts of the job is that someone comes to them to end the marriage (file for divorce). The attorney starts work on the case, some even file paperwork, and then the client comes back to them because they’ve reconciled.

    Would a preferable solution be for the attorney to speak with potential client and refer them to a reputable marriage counselor to see if this is the appropriate route? Or maybe even request an “affidavit” from a certified/reputable marriage counselor noting that these two individuals are clearly not suited for one another and divorce is recommended?

    Of course, a different solution is to require couples to go through pre-marital counseling with a marriage counselor with a legal component (preferably taught by a divorce attorney) so that they can learn UP FRONT some of the warning signs and how to protect against them.

    Just a thought. Great question!

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