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Attorney's Fees

Please note that the legal information presented on this page is written for those living in the state of Illinois.

What Does it Mean?

In a divorce or dissolution of civil union case, one or both parties may be ordered to pay the other attorney's fees. These are fees that which include the costs of hiring and being represented by an attorney in court.

How Does it Work?

This amount an ex is ordered to pay in attorney's fees may be decided based on the following:

  • the income and property of each person
  • each person's ability to make money in the future
  • the couple's quality of life during the marriage or civil union
  • the cost of each person's attorney; or
  • other relevant factors, such as the complexity of property divisions or the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody)

What You Should Know

If you experience a significant change in financial circumstances AFTER attorney's fees have been ordered, you may be able to change (modify) the amount owed.

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