Can You Fire Your Divorce Lawyer?

IL divorce lawyerMost of the time, when someone facing divorce works with a divorce lawyer, their attorney works in their best interests, focuses on solutions that are best for that individual, and helps their client secure the best settlement or verdict possible. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Some attorneys do not spend the time with a client that is necessary and try to quickly close the case so they can move onto another and start a new invoice. When this happens, those clients often want to know if they can fire their divorce lawyer and hire a new one. The short answer is that yes, they can.

Reasons to Fire a Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is highly personal and so, when a person wishes to fire a divorce lawyer, the reasons are also typically highly personal. The most common reasons a person wishes to fire a divorce lawyer include:

  • Personality conflicts: Most people think this reason involves a lawyer and client that do not get along. While that is sometimes the case, it is not always. It is important to remember that while a lawyer should always give you the final say in decisions regarding your case, they also should not just give in to what you want. You hire an attorney to provide the advice you need, even if it conflicts with what you think or want.
  • Using the same method every time: There are very few divorces, if any, that are exactly alike. Quality divorce lawyers know this and so, they will suggest the best route for a specific divorce case. When a lawyer only wants to litigate or will only go through mediation, you are not working with an attorney that is focused on your case and doing what is best for you.
  • Lack of communication: One of the biggest complaints about lawyers is that they do not communicate with their clients. When this is the case, those clients are not kept up to date on the status of their case, which is a significant problem when the case greatly affects their life the way divorce does.

These are just a few of the most common reasons clients fire their divorce attorneys. Any time a person is uncomfortable with the attorney they are working with, they should speak to someone else and get a professional opinion.

How to Fire a Divorce Attorney

Unfortunately, you cannot simply decide that you do not want to work with your divorce lawyer anymore and just walk away. First, talk to the attorney about the problems you are having. Maybe mediation really is the best route for your case, or maybe there are not any updates to tell you about. Whatever the case, the lawyer may have a perfectly good explanation for your concerns.

If the attorney does not provide a reasonable explanation, you may make the final decision to leave them and find another attorney. You should find the other attorney first. This is because you will have to go to court so a judge can issue an order to withdraw or an order to substitute, and a new attorney can represent you at this hearing. Your new attorney can also work with the old attorney to secure the files they need to get to work on your case.

Need a New Illinois Divorce Lawyer? We are Here to Help

If you are having problems with your skilled Hinsdale divorce lawyer, our attorneys at the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio can help. We can provide the necessary advice on your case, work with your current attorney to get up to date on the status of your case, and help you secure the fair settlement or verdict you deserve. When you need an experienced and skilled divorce lawyer, call us at 630-920-8855 to schedule your free initial consultation.



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