Is it a conflict of interest if my ex-husband’s wife works at the law firm he is using to defend himself in a domestic violence case?

I just found out that my ex-husband’s wife works at the firm he is using to defend

himself in a domestic violence hearing. I am pro se. He is also using this

attorney to file emancipation paperwork for our son. What can I do about it, if

it is a conflict of interest?

Asked on March 17, 2016 under Family Law, New Jersey

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Her working at the law firm representing him is not a conflict of interest. His lawyer is already suppposed to be loyal to him; having his wife work there just arguably makes them more loyal still. It likely would have been a conflict if she worked at your lawyer's firm, since that could negatively impact the loyalty your firm should show you.


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