By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
In certain circumstances in divorce cases, the judge might award the opposing party attorneys fees. This can be based upon one party’s need and the other party’s superior ability to pay, or upon some bad behavior which caused a husband or wife to incur additional and unreasonable attorneys fees.
In either circumstance, the divorcing client has to have enough money on account with his/her divorce lawyer, or with a credit card, or with help and loans from family members to first pay the attorney so that the attorney can go into court to get the award of fees by court order.
Once there is a court order in place directing the opposing party to pay fees, (this court order may cover all or part of the fees) either that party will write the check to REIMBURSE the client, or pay for future litigation. If that party does not pay under the court order, then further legal action may have to be taken in terms of contempt and enforcement of the court order. This unfortunately runs up the attorneys fees even more, for which another court order can be requested and entered in the case causing sanctions to the wrongdoer.
If you have quesitons about attorneys fees or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, PA at 561 835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.