Don't believe everything you see in the movies. In the popular teen pregnancy flick Juno the adopting parents end up getting divorced and the Husband states "I called Gerta Rauss. She says she can represent both of us. They call it 'collaborative divorce.' It’s apparently all the rage right now." Although, collaborative law is "all the rage" right now, it does not involve one lawyer representing both parties. It is not ethical or practical for a lawyer to represent both parties in a Divorce, whether through collaborative law or litigation In fact, Rule 1.7 of the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct prohibits a lawyer from representing a client if that representation will be directly adverse to another client unless the lawyer reasonably believes the representation will not adversely affect the relationship with the other client AND each client consents after consultation. Although both clients might consent, it is not reasonable to be
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