Can one lawyer represent both spouses?
No. The code of ethics for lawyers prohibits one attorney from representing both parties to a divorce/separation/paternity. The reason is the obvious conflict of interest which exists between the parties. One lawyer cannot possibly give good advice to both sides of the dispute. However, an attorney can represent one party and the other party can go unrepresented. As long as there is an understanding (and generally a signed document) that the lawyer represents only one of the parties, the parties can still go forward with only one attorney in the room helping facilitate the resolution of their family law matter.