Someone close to me is going through a divorce; he has an attorney so does his soon to he ex wife. She has a pro bono attorney. Some issues have arrised do to her not being compliant with visitations, calls.. Her attorney knows about it but still doesn't do much to correct such behavior.
Attorneys, whether charging their clients a fee or working pro bono, owe their clients a fiduciary duty and must act in the best interest of their client. So, as far as how many hours they will work, in theory pro bono attorneys should work just as much as paid attorneys. I would say, if the wife isn't compliant with certain things, then the attorney may not really be able to do much about it, other than tell the client to obey the Orders. Also, realize that her attorney is looking out for her interests and the husband's attorney is looking out for his interests. It is not always in the client's own best interest to get onto them for not doing something. Sometimes it is, but if the client is doing it and getting away with it, then the attorney might actually have an obligation to help the client get away with it. So, in short, pro bono attorneys must work just as much as if they were paid, but I don't think that really has anything to do with the issues you raise later in the question.
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The attorney can just to much to attempt to bring the client in line. The client steers the ship, not the attorney.
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I agree with my colleague. if it's true that her attorney is working on a pro bono basis, and I have no idea how anyone would know that, it wouldn't lessen that attoney's duties to their client or say anything about how many hours they devote to the case or whether their client complies with court orders or not.
It's up to your friend's atorney to enforce the court's orders on your friend's behalf.
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There are no particular number of hours required, however all attorneys have a duty to competently represent their clients. An attorney can bring actions to request that a court enforce orders if there is a court order, however it is not possible to tell without more facts whether a court order is being violated and to what extent.
Her attorney does not have a duty to "correct her behavior". He/she represents her interests. So, your question doesn't make sense. It would be the responsibility of the husband's attorney to force compliance with court orders.
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