Each Usually Pays Their Own – The British way is for the losing party to pay towards the attorney's fees of the winning party. This creates an incentive for a litigant who sees defeat as imminent to settle up and get out of court.
Our American way is for each party to generally pay their own fees.
Contribution to Fees – The 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 (9) different factors with the last factor 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 commonsense guidelines to be followed by attorneys who represent clients in divorce and family law cases.
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