Getting a divorce takes a toll not only your emotional state but on your
finances as well. Given the expense associated with legal proceedings,
it is commonly asked whether you can hold your ex-spouse responsible for
your attorney fees. The answer to this question, like most things involving
the law, depends on the specific facts of your case.
The one instance where you are able to have your ex-spouse pay your attorney
fees is when your spouse has engaged in dishonest behavior during the
pendency of your divorce case. For example, the New Jersey Courts have
guidance in a case involving the divorce of two doctors whose children were in
their father's custody while their mother paid support. When the kids
turned 18, the mother filed a motion to emancipate her children and terminate
her support obligation. The father objected, claiming that one of his
sons was a full-time college student and still in need of financial support.
Part of the husband's request, in this matter, was for his ex-wife
to pay his attorney fees. The Court agreed and ordered the wife to pay
the fees, specifically stating her misrepresentation about her son's
financial independence warranted a finding that she be responsible for
the attorney fees incurred by her ex-husband.
In other cases, the facts may not be so clear-cut. Sifting through the
evidence and identifying pieces that are beneficial to your case is a
task best left to a trained Bergen County divorce attorney. At Moskowitz
Law Group, LLC, we know what to look for, how it will help your case,
and how to present it to the Court in a light most favorable to your position.
We understand the importance of financial freedom during and after your
divorce and work with you to reach solutions that fit your needs.
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For more information on when you can request your ex-spouse pay your attorney
fees, call an experienced New Jersey family law attorney for answers to
your questions. Call Moskowitz Law Group, LLC today to schedule an appointment
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