Legal Services from Our Illinois Family Lawyers
Attorneys are entitled to certain fees for their professional services.
For a breakdown of how this works at Wakenight & Associates, P.C.,
see our breakdown below.
Each party usually pays their own fees – In the British legal system, the losing party pays the attorney's
fees of the winning party. This creates an incentive to settle up and
get out of court for a litigant who can foresee an imminent defeat. In
the American legal system, however, each party generally pays their own fees.
Contribution to fees – The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA)
allows a party to petition the court to order that your opponent pay some
of your fees. The same criteria used in
property division and in determining maintenance is applied in a contribution case.
Interim fees – Interim attorney's fees can be awarded after the court considers
nine different factors, the last being "any other factor that the
court expressly finds to be just and equitable." An interim fee award
shall be deemed to be an advance payment of the final marital property
award. Overpayment could result in repayment.
Contempt fees – Failure to comply with an order of court can result in a finding
of contempt and an order for the winning party to have their fees and
costs reimbursed by the losing party.
Statement of rights and responsibilities – The IMDMA includes a section which provides common sense guidelines
to be followed by attorneys who represent clients in divorce and family
law cases. This helps ensure that you are never over or undercharged.
Whether you are contemplating, initiating, or responding to a case involving
attorney's fees, an Illinois family law attorney at Wakenight &
Associates, P.C. can discuss your situation with you over the phone for free.
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