No. Attorneys in Illinois should not represent both parties in a divorce. Both spouses should have their own attorney to make sure the final settlement agreement is fair and that both parties’ interests are protected.
Unless the you have no kids and absolutely no property, there aren’t standard one-size-fits-all settlement agreements that are fair to both parties. Each agreement must be drafted to meet the specific needs of the parties, taking into account the kinds of property and assets that need to be divided, the tax impacts of dividing the property, and the legal nuances surrounding custody and visitation when children are involved.
Each party should have their own attorney who is trained in family law to ensure the agreement is complete and fair for everyone involved.
For uncontested divorces in Cook County, I charge a flat fee based on the complexities of property or children involved. Call me at 312-564-5743 for a free 30-minute consultation.