What Does it Mean?
During a divorce, dissolution of civil union, or legal separation case, one or both parties may be made to pay interim attorney's fees to the other. These fees include the costs of hiring and being represented by an attorney in court.
Things You Should Know
The amount an ex is ordered to pay in attorney's fees may be decided based on:
- the income and property owned by 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 costs of each person's attorney; and
- other relevant factors, such as the complexity of property divisions or the allocation of parental responsibilities (custody arrangement)
If you experience a significant change in financial circumstances AFTER interim attorney's fees have been ordered, you may be able to change (modify) the amount owed.