Cracking down on illegal divorce services

Filing for divorce in the state of Utah can be a lengthy process that involves numerous factors. That is why individuals are advised to obtain the counsel of an experienced and trustworthy family law attorney before taking any action. After all, properly developing child custody arrangements is crucial to ensuring that one’s family is accounted for once a divorce is finalized. One woman’s divorce petition was seriously compromised by the fact that it was prepared by a man that was not actually licensed to practice law at all.

The incident took place in Ohio and was introduced to the state’s Supreme Court by the Metropolitan Bar Association of Cleveland. In fact, the unlawful business practice lawsuit was the third of its kind to be heard by that court in a single day. The Bar Association accused the defendant in the case of wrongfully providing legal services without a license, and the defendant apparently confessed to illegally practicing law in the process of filing divorce forms for one client. The defendant was found guilty and ordered to pay $1000 in fines, along with reimbursing funds for false services provided to the client in the case.

The defendant was hired by the client to assist her in filing for divorce in 2007. The client reportedly paid more than $500 to the defendant expecting that issues concerning child custody and support payments would be addressed in the forms. Ultimately, however, the documents were rejected by the court system and the woman’s divorce was not granted until the documents were completed with the help of court personnel. 

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