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the state is florida. question=my sister is in middle of a divorce. her soon to be ex is pushing her to sign a settlement agreement which is not in her best interest. if she refuses to settle she has to go to trial. the problem is, her attorney is going on maternity leave. my sister doesn't want to get another attorney and have to bring them up to speed or have to start again. she wants to stay with the attorney she has. can she be forced into signing an agreement or going to trial with a new attorney/or no attorney. can she legally wait till her attorney returens from her maturnity leave. her divorce was suppose to have taken place on the 14th of this month. her ex stopped it by refuting certain bills at the last minute. can she be forced into signing or a trial date without the attorney she hired, even though she is on maturnity leave. thank you


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My response:

Unfortunately, nature must take it's course - - and doesn't care about courts or trial dates.

No, your friend does not have to be forced or coerced into doing anything. Her attorney can inform the court of the maternity, and the necessary leave time she'll need, and the court will continue the trial date. That's all.


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