Do both parties in a divorce need a lawyer in Pennsylvania?

Yes. In Pennsylvania, both sides in a divorce should be represented by a lawyer in order to look out for each individual's best interest. While it is possible (although not advisable) to represent yourself in a Pennsylvania divorce, lawyers are constrained by the Pennsylvania Rules of Conduct that forbid any attorney from representing both parties at the same time. The reasoning behind that rule is that a divorce is a lawsuit where both sides have competing legal interests and obligations. Therefore, it would be a conflict of interest for an attorney to represent both sides, even when the parties are in agreement.

Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, simple or complex, it is important to independently consult an experienced Pittsburgh divorce attorney who can explain the divorce process and offer individualized advice about important decisions. If your spouse has hired an attorney, you should be wary of signing any agreement proposed by your spouse's attorney without retaining your own attorney to review the proposed agreement as you could potentially be giving up your rights to spousal support, child support, child custody, or a fair distribution of property.

If you are hoping to amicably settle your divorce, and think that hiring your own lawyer may "disturb the peace," you should be aware that an experienced lawyer is as good at negotiating as litigating. Our Pittsburgh family lawyers can be as aggressive as you want them to be. Having a knowledgeable family lawyer is just as important for a fair settlement as for going to trial.

To learn how our Pittsburgh family law firm can help you during this difficult time, call us today at 412-339-2491, toll free at 855-VARI-LAW (855-723-2645) or send us an e-mail. One of our experienced Allegheny County divorce lawyers will be glad to offer you advice on what is in your best interests and that of any children in your family. Our Pittsburgh office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment.Our Pittsburgh Divorce Attorneys routinely accept cases in Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County, and Westmoreland County. Our law firm accepts Pennsylvania family law cases from other Western Pennsylvania counties including Clarion County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Venango County on a case-by-case basis.