If Iwould like to discharge my attorney and finalize my post divorce contempt charges on my own, is that allowed?

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If Iwould like to discharge my attorney and finalize my post divorce contempt charges on my own, is that allowed?

I was divorced 01/02/07. My-ex spouse did not follow through on the divorce settlement agreement and therefore I had to file contempt charges in 01/09. This is still not totally resolved, however, I have a solution and do not want to continue to incur legal fees. I would like to just get this resolved and handle it on my own.

Asked on December 9, 2010 under Family Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You can discharge your attorney; however, you will be liable for attorney fees and costs up to the date of discharge.  The retainer agreement you signed with your attorney probably states this in greater detail.

If you discharge your attorney, you and your attorney should sign a substitution of attorney form which will allow you to represent yourself instead of being represented by the attorney.  After it has been signed by you and the attorney, file the substitution of attorney form with the court.


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