Can one attorney represent both spouses in a Michigan divorce?

Most attorneys will not represent both spouses. It is possible, however, for one of the spouses to hire an attorney and then for that attorney to do the paperwork. The other spouse would just represent himself or herself (which is called “in pro per”) in that case.

The other option is for the two spouses to hire a mediator who would help to negotiate the case.  That mediator could then draw up a proposed agreement to be incorporated in the judgment of divorce.  Mediators suggest that an attorney review the agreement for each individual party before it is signed.

Most attorney-mediators are familiar with the law that applies to divorces and custody actions, and he/she would probably be willing to explain the options that are available to resolve custody, parenting time, child support, property and debt division, and spousal support issues.

Signing an agreement is not the end of the divorce action.  A judgment of divorce must be entered by the court.   The mediator may, or may not, be willing to draft a judgment of divorce.  If an agreement has been signed, any competent attorney could draft a judgment of divorce that incorporates that agreement.