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Can Courts Award Attorney Fees?

In Child Custody, Child Support, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Lawsuits are expensive. There are many costs associated with litigation, which may include filing fees, fees to serve people, witness fees, and expert fees. In addition, there are attorney’s fees, which can vary greatly based on how complex or contentious a case is. Legal proceedings involving divorce and child custody are no exception and can be drawn-out, hard fought battles—which translates into proportionately high attorney fees. An unfortunate truth of divorce and child custody proceedings is that it strains your limited resources. Nowhere is this strain more evident than in alimony and child support proceedings, where a person is literally asking a court to order the other person to pay monetary support. To compound the problem, there may be a significant imbalance in resources between parties, meaning a party with …