Is a collaborative attorney hired as a neutral or do they actually represent the client who pays them?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Dayton, OH

I am in the process of a collaborative divorce. it seems anything i share or talk about is met
with "we are all neutral". is this the case of is the client represented?

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  1. Deborah Zaccaro Hoffman

    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I suspect thus varies by where you are, but that may change with the new collaborative practice law that just passed. Where I am generally the attorneys do represent each party in the collaborative process, however they commit to not represent the parties in court if the collaborative practice breaks down. The process with a true neutral is mediation.

    For informational purposes only; not intended to, and does not, constitute legal advice or a legal opinion.
  2. Christopher Lee Beck


    Contributor Level 19


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . An attorney in a dissolution case must pick on client and should have a contract indicating that. Who is paying the bill doesn't matter. You should review your written contract with the attorney. Joint representation is often a bad idea. You may want to get your own attorney who is going to look out for your best interest. Good luck.

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  3. Adam Troy Savett

    Contributor Level 11


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . It depends on what the contract says.

    Generally, they are in fact neutral, representing neither side and attempting to mediate any disputes, or even avoid disputes altogether.

    You can always ask the collaborative lawyer for an answer to this question in writing.

    Best of luck.

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