Firing Your Divorce Lawyer

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

There may come a time when you or your divorce lawyer want to terminate the relationship.  Either you don’t agree with the strategy of your lawyer, you lose confidence in your lawyer, or you simply are not credible or cooperative with your lawyer.  You may want to “fire” your lawyer, or your lawyer may want to terminate the representation.

In either case, legal work cannot simply come to a standstill.  There may be discovery deadlines to meet, or a pleading must be filed by a certain date, even though you don’t want this lawyer on the matter any more, or the lawyer does not wish to remain attorney of record.  These obligations must be fulfilled, before the relationship can be terminated.

Further, a lawyer cannot just drop off a case.  A client cannot just say I am not paying you for anything else.  That is not how it works.  Once notice is given, either to the attorney from the client or from the attorney to the client, the lawyer must “officially” get off the case by filing a motion to withdraw.  Further, the judge may grant or deny said motion.  If is it the eve of trial and the relationship is terminated, a judge may not allow the representation to come to a halt.  He may deny the motion to withdraw, forcing the client to continue to be liable for the bill, and forcing the lawyer to finish the case in court.  Termination of legal representation is not quick and easy, nor is it automatic, no matter who wants to terminate whom. 

For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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