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Attorney’s Fees

Attorney’s Fees in Tampa

Whether a party should be required to pay another party’s attorney’s fees is an issue that must be decided in a divorce, either by agreement of the parties or order of the judge. Attorney fee awards may be temporary, to cover fees during the pendency of the divorce litigation. Or, they may be ordered at the end of a case to recompense a party for his/her attorney’s fees. Like alimony, a spouse may be ordered to pay some or all of the other spouse’s attorney’s fees if a spouse has a need for it and the other spouse has the ability to pay them. The purpose is to allow both parties to have access to similar legal counsel. Additionally, attorney’s fees may also be ordered as a sanction if the court determines that a spouse engaged in frivolous litigation. The purpose of such sanctions is to deter parties from unnecessary, costly litigation.

Attorney’s Fees Solutions

The attorneys of Open Palm Law have successfully argued for and against attorney fee awards for their clients, and they can help you make your case regarding whether attorney fees should be awarded. They stay current on the evolving case law on this subject and understand the importance of the issue and its impact on the full resolution of a divorce.

FAQs for Attorney’s Fees

Yes. If your spouse has a need for contribution to her attorney’s fees, and if you have the ability to contribute, the court may order that you pay some or all of his/her fees. The legislature believes that it is important for spouses to have equal rights to similar legal representation. Therefore, judges are able to order that a wealthier spouse pay an impecunious spouse’s attorney’s fees.

Yes. If you have a need for your spouse to contribute to your attorney’s fees and if your spouse has the ability to pay them, the court may order your spouse to pay for some or all of your fees. This is because the legislature believes that it is important for spouses to have equal rights to similar representation.

If you are concerned about the amount of attorney’s fees that you will incur, consider unbundled representation in which you are represented on a limited basis just on those matters you need help.