Who Pays the Attorney's Fees in a Divorce in Illinois?

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Who Pays the Attorney's Fees in a Divorce in Illinois?

Elgin IL Divorce Attorneys Advising Spouses Who Cannot Afford Fees

In general, during divorce proceedings, each individual is responsible for his or her own attorney's fees. In Illinois, the court can order you to pay your spouse’s attorney fees or vice versa. It all depends on who does or does not have the funds available to pay for said fees. If neither party has funds, money can be taken from the marital estate in order to make the payments.

At Pucci Pirtle, LLC, we are here to help figure out what you are entitled to in these types of situations when dealing with your divorce. When an individual is paid from the marital state, that is called an interim fee award and is considered an advance. Another option is that once the judgment or final settlement is being awarded, funds from that can be awarded towards any attorney's fees.

This was ruled by the Illinois Supreme Court to emphasize the importance of a “level playing field” in dissolution of marriage proceedings. This is the goal to remove options where spouses would try to “outspend” the other spouse or “litigate them to death.” Both parties deserve chances for adequate representation. If you are afraid that you are not being granted a fair opportunity, please contact us and we can look over your case.

Allow us at Pucci Pirtle, LLC to answer any of your questions or concerns during this trying time. If you would like to set up a free consultation, please contact us at one of our offices in Kane, McHenry, and DuPage counties. If you are located in the St. Charles area, call us at 630-945-8807. We also have an office in Algonquin that is by appointment only. Its number is 224-249-3200. Lastly, we can be reached at an office in the Elgin area at 847-426-1866. Call any of these numbers to speak with someone from our lawyer team.

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