Attorney's Fees

Attorney's fees refers to the costs associated with hiring and being represented by an attorney in court, to be assessed throughout the duration of dissolution of marriage (divorce) or dissolution of civil union case.

As part of a (marital) settlement agreement, one party may be ordered to pay attorney's fees for their ex-spouse or ex-partner. This award may be based on, but is not limited to the following:

  • the income and property of both parties

  • the earning capacity of each party, and any potential impairments to the future earning capacity of each party

  • the standard of living of both parties during the marriage or civil union

  • the expected amount of attorney's fees; and

  • additional relevant factors, such as the complexity of property divisions or the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody)

If you experience a substantial change in financial circumstances AFTER attorney's fees have been ordered, you may be able to modify the (martial) settlement agreement.