Liapis v. Dist. Ct.: A mother asked the court to stop her son from representing his father in a divorce action. She didn’t raise an ethical breach.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant
Mother lacked standing to seek disqualification of parties’ son from representing his father in divorce action; mother was neither a former nor current client of her son, mother did not argue that son’s representation of his father constituted an ethical breach as to her or impacted any of her legal interests, and instead, mother simply alleged that son’s love for his parents impacted his ability to represent father, not mother.
Laura Morgan is a Family Law Consultant. Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her Web site.
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