Paying your divorce attorney

January 25, 2017 -

Many people do not seek legal representation in their divorce case in fear of their inability to pay attorney fees.

Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant in a divorce case, the probate and family court can order one spouse to pay a retainer fee for an attorney for the other spouse. The plaintiff or defendant must prove to the court that he or she does not have enough money to pay the retainer for an attorney and the other spouse has enough income or assets to pay for the retainer. The court will look at the financial statements of both parties to determine if it should order one party to pay the other parties legal fees.