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Divorce: What does a “Petition Status for Attorney” involve?

Question by gpurv: Divorce: What does a “Petition Status for Attorney” involve?
My daughter was asked to immediately put $ 2,500 in her lawyer’s trust so they could respond to a request from the opposing council.

Since we didn’t immediately have the $ 2,500, we had to ask the lawyer’s office to remove themselves from the case (temporally). So, they were taken off the court record.

Now opposing council has a court date set for “Petition Status for Attorney”.

Questions:

1. Can my daughter go to the ‘petition’ court date, without a lawyer, and explain to the judge that she will be reinstating her lawyer prior to the divorce case?

2. Should we pay the lawyer “now”, prior to this petition court date? (we don’t want to do this because opposing council will continue to artificially run up our bill until we’re totally broke and can’t pay for the actual divorce trial)

I should add, this divorce has been going on for 19 months and so far her lawyer has been paid and spent $ 23,000. For the actual trial, he wants another $ 10,000

She’s a school teacher.

Best answer:

Answer by that judi
Call the court…they are there to answer questions on these matters.

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3 comments - What do you think?  Posted by - March 29, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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Divorce: What does a “Petition Status for Attorney” involve?

Question by gpurv: Divorce: What does a “Petition Status for Attorney” involve?
My daughter was asked to immediately put $ 2,500 in her lawyer’s trust so they could respond to a request from the opposing council.

Since we didn’t immediately have the $ 2,500, we had to ask the lawyer’s office to remove themselves from the case (temporally). So, they were taken off the court record.

Now opposing council has a court date set for “Petition Status for Attorney”.

Questions:

1. Can my daughter go to the ‘petition’ court date, without a lawyer, and explain to the judge that she will be reinstating her lawyer prior to the divorce case?

2. Should we pay the lawyer “now”, prior to this petition court date? (we don’t want to do this because opposing council will continue to artificially run up our bill until we’re totally broke and can’t pay for the actual divorce trial)

I should add, this divorce has been going on for 19 months and so far her lawyer has been paid and spent $ 23,000. For the actual trial, he wants another $ 10,000

She’s a school teacher.

Best answer:

Answer by Maalru3
Is there a custody battle, or property??? My god, after being paid that much , her lawyer should have accomplished something. WOW!! I would call and talk to another lawyer for advice on how all this works, you can ask over the phone, briefly explain the situationa dn funds, and they can tell you what you need to know. Sounds like her attorney is racking it in, my god. I wish your daughter the best of luck, but seriously, call around and just ask for opinions. (Attorneys)

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