Sister divorcing husband who is a well-connected family law attorney.

My sister has recently decided to divorce her extremely well-respected and well-connected family law attorney husband. He has convinced her to use one of his friends as her attorney and I’m concerned that they will not act in her best interest. Additionally, her husband has all the local judges in his pocket gives them contributions, etc.. What should my sister do? Should she try to

find an attorney in a different city and have her divorce handled there is that

even allowed? They also have two kids so there will be custody issues. I think

she’s being naive to trust him, since the fact that he’s a not so nice and not so

honest person is the main reason she’s divorcing him, but I think she’s scared

and not sure what to do.

Asked on September 18, 2018 under Family Law, Florida


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Your sister needs to het an attorney who is not a friend of her husband. She needs someone who will put her interests first and foremost. However, she cannot just change venues; it must be handled where they live. that having been said, she can retain an atoen from a different area in the state.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

1) She can't have the divorce handled in a different venue: it will be handled where they live.
2) She should NOT use a friend of her husband as her attorney; she wants someone not connected to him--someone who will put HER interests first and foremost. 

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