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Wills & Probate

Who pays for the attorneys’ fees and costs in a divorce case?

A Florida divorce court may order one party to pay the other for the expense of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in the dissolution proceeding. The award of attorney’s fees and costs is within the discretion of the court and a party cannot always count on receiving an award. This is an important consideration given the fact that divorce and family law litigation can be expensive. Most divorce attorneys require a “retainer” which must be paid up front before the attorney will take your case. The amount of the retainer depends on the issues faced in the case, the requirements of the attorney involved, and the amount of agreement on issues by the parties.