Child Custody: January 2008 Archives

January 23, 2008

Memo To Britney: 5 Ways to Get Your Lawyers to Fire You

As you may know, Britney Spears had another court appearance scheduled in her divorce case. According to this Associated Press story by Linda Deutsch, Britney drove to court, avoided the paparazzi, went through security, and then turned around and walked out of the building without going near the courtroom where the hearing was being held.

In the meantime, when asked by the judge whether her client was going to show up, Britney's attorney had to say, "I don't know." This is not the way to endear yourself to your divorce attorney. But Britney's enough of an expert on annoying her lawyers that the lawyers have asked the court for permission to withdraw from the case. Here are some of the no-nos that the pop princess has used to get her lawyers to fire her:

1. Being a no-show at a hearing she asked for.

2. Being a no-show at her own deposition.

3. Refusing to turn the children over to their father after a scheduled visitation.

4. Engaging in generally erratic and self-destructive behavior, in public view.

5. Failure to communicate.

Okay, that last one is a guess on my part, but I have to believe that if she were communicating with her attorneys, they'd be advising her against items 1-4 above, and she'd be showing up instead of flaking out.

Even when you're not absurdly famous, you may need to hire a lawyer to help you in your divorce. If you do, remember that your lawyer is trying to do a job, which is to negotiate on your behalf, to protect your interests, and get you to a settlement or a victory. You can either help or hinder the lawyer in that job. Britney's showed you how to hinder -- look here for ways you can help instead.