If my wife has hired an attorney to fill out the dissolution papers, why would I have to sign a document waiving my right to legal counsel?

Asked on September 20, 2012 under Family Law, Ohio


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your wife's attorney is filling out information for example, on how much you should receive and how much your wife should receive, etc., there is a potential conflict of interest.  You have the right to an attorney, but if you sign the waiver of right to an attorney, then that would address and resolve the issue of a conflict of interest.  If you sign that waiver of a right to counsel, you won't be able to claim that there was a conflict of interest even though your wife's attorney handled the dissolution of marriage for both spouses.

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