What to do if your ex's divorce attorney is abusive or inappropriate

Divorce is a tough situation for everyone involved. So if your ex's attorney starts behaving in an aggressive, harassing, or inappropriate manner, it can make your divorce that much more taxing.  

However, you don't have to deal with this inappropriate behavior, or your divorce, alone.

At Caulder and Valentine, we help our clients fight back against unethical attorneys for two reasons. First, we know that it can make our clients feel like they are fighting two emotionally taxing legal battles at once. Second, we believe that all attorneys should uphold high ethical standards, even for the clients on the other side of the table.

North Carolina Attorney Misconduct Rules

In North Carolina, an attorney violates the rules of professional conduct if they:

  • Violate, attempt to violate, or assist another attorney in violating the rules of professional conduct,
  • Commit a crime that reflects adversely on the lawyer's honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness to practice law,
  • Engage in behavior meant to unduly influence the outcome of the case in favor of their client's side,
  • State or imply an ability to influence a governmental agency or official,
  • Knowingly assist a judge or judicial officer in violating judicial rules, or
  • Intentionally cause prejudice or damage to their client's case.

How Misconduct Shows Up In Divorce Cases 

An attorney's conduct does not rise to the level of ethical misconduct unless the behavior violates one of the professional conduct rules. However, those violations can show up in unexpected ways when it comes to family court matters.

Some examples include:

  • having one-on-one conversations with the judge,
  • acting as a witness to execute documents that were signed outside of their presence, 
  • contacting you without getting your lawyer's permission first and making threatening or harassing comments, and
  • Engaging in conduct that rises to the level of criminal harassment against you. 

What We Can Do To Help

When opposing counsel's conduct gets out of hand, the Caulder and Valentine law firm helps clients throughout the state by filing complaints to the state bar, requesting court sanctions, and even filing criminal complaints. When it comes to attorney ethics, we take a zero-tolerance approach because we value clients having trust in our profession.

If you believe you are a victim of attorney abuse, Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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