When a couple is considering a divorce, the parties are often looking for ways to save money and to make the process easier. One of the most common questions that many couples have is whether they may be able to share an attorney for their divorce. While this may seem to be an ideal way to reduce expenses, there are rules in place that prevent one lawyer or law firm from representing both spouses in a divorce proceeding.
At its very core, marriage is a contract between two parties, which makes divorce a proceeding to dissolve that contract. This means that, technically, the spouses in a divorce are considered opposing parties. The fact that the spouses are able to work civilly together and have reached an agreement on most of the important issues does not change their status as opposing parties from a legal standpoint.