Your Attorney Can Fire You in your Divorce Case: What NOT to do!

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Even if you are extremely happy with your divorce attorney, he or she might not be happy with you.

If you do certain things that your attorney does not like, then he or she might end up firing you.

If your attorney fires you, you could suddenly be left in a bad situation with an approaching hearing or trial and no attorney.

Here is how to prevent being fired by your divorce attorney.

Don’t do anything illegal

If you do something that's against Ohio law, such as steal your soon to be ex-spouse’s car, or assault him or her, then your attorney may fire you as a client.

It is simply much easier for attorneys to work with you if you do not do anything illegal, so don’t!

Don't fail to pay your fees per your contract

Unless your attorney is working pro bono, he or she is going to expect to be paid in line with the terms of your agreement.

If you fail to make payments on time, then your attorney could simply fire you as a client. So, if you value your attorney, then you need to make sure that all payments are made on time.

Don’t lie

Some attorneys will be very frustrated if you lie about key details of your case. When you lie, it makes an attorney’s job significantly more difficult.

You should think of your attorney as your partner. Tell him or her the truth so that he or she can represent you in the best way possible.

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Don't fail to cooperate-get your discovery done

In Franklin County and Delaware County divorce courts in Ohio, there is a specific timeline you must follow. The pretrial phase is known as "Discovery" is one of the most important. 

If you fail to cooperate with your attorney to get your discovery done in a timely manner, then he or she may simply fire you.

Attorneys are busy people. Do not waste their time. Show them respect and cooperate with them. 

Don't call text or email constantly

Your attorney is not your therapist, your best friend, or your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Do not expect them to be constantly available to you. They have lives too.

If you need constant support, then consider finding a therapist who you can pay to be on call for you 24/7. Also, seek support from friends and family members.

Don’t fail to respect that your attorney has other cases

Most divorce attorneys are juggling many different cases.

You are most likely not your attorney’s only case. If you don’t want to be fired as a client then respect this fact.

Don't be belligerent

It should go without saying, but being belligerent to your attorney, to the judge, to your ex-spouse, etc. can all be ground for your attorney firing you as a client. 

Don't use foul language

Attorneys expect you to treat them with a basic level of respect. If you fail to do this, you could soon find yourself getting fired by your attorney. 

Don't come drunk to court

This is one of the easiest ways to get fired by your attorney. Coming to court drunk is not only disrespectful, but it is also embarrassing. Most attorneys will not stand for this and will just fire you and move on. 

Don't be abusive

Just like coming to court drunk, being abusive is something that most attorneys just won’t deal with this. Avoid being abusive if you do not want to get fired by your attorney 


In the relationship between you and your attorney, firing is a two-way street. You can fire your attorney, but your attorney can also fire you!

Both of you should act with good faith and respect toward one another.


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