By Laura D. Langenburg
The attorney-client relationship is unique and extremely important in your divorce case.
Your communications with your divorce attorney are confidential and allow you to discuss any aspect of your case without fear of judgment and/or embarrassment.
In order to effectively represent a client, the lines of communication must be open so that the attorney is aware of all of the issues that are facing the client.
There are times, though, where the relationship goes sour for whatever reason.
However, an attorney cannot drop a client in the middle of a case if there is no reason. But there are several reasons why an attorney may stop representation of a client.
These reasons include nonpayment for services, where the client has used the attorney’s services to perpetrate a crime, or the client continues on a course of action that the attorney feels is fraudulent or repugnant.
There are other situations where an attorney must withdraw, where the attorney is physically and/or mentally unable to continue the representation, where the attorney has been discharged by the client, or where the representation may violate the rules of professional conduct.
In order to stop representing a client in a particular matter, there typically has to be an order from the court releasing the attorney from the case. This could be an order entered prior to a judgment, after a judgment is entered, or the judgment itself may release the attorney from representing his/her client.
The attorney may also request that the client (and opposing party) agree to release the attorney from a matter by stipulating to an order releasing the attorney from this representation.
However, if the client or opposing party does not agree, this does not prevent the attorney from withdrawing from representation. If there is no consent, the attorney will have to file a motion/petition with the court requesting an order to be released from the case.
Cordell & Cordell divorce attorneys work to ensure you are educated and prepared for your divorce proceedings, that calls to your attorney are returned in a timely manner, that you have access to your case notes and billing in real-time, and that you receive the best possible outcome in your family law matter.
Cordell & Cordell sets ourselves apart from other family law firms by offering our clients a simple, 24/7 method to remain in contact with their attorney, keeping them aware of the progress of their divorce case and billing status, and offering many of the best divorce resources available.