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Can I Get My Spouse to Pay My Attorneys’ Fees in My Divorce?

Every divorce is different, and the divorce judge who is assigned to your case may or may not order your spouse to pay your attorneys’ fees in your divorce judgment. Whether you receive an award of attorneys’ fees in your case depends on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case. Attorneys’ fees may be ordered at either your temporary divorce hearing or your final divorce hearing, or both. However, an attorneys’ fee award is not automatically ordered in your divorce case, so you cannot depend on this strategy as a way to pay your attorneys’ fees.

Whether the judge in your divorce case orders your spouse to pay attorneys’ fees is solely up to his or her discretion. A judge is not required to award attorneys’ fees in your case. Rather, the judge will consider your request, taking into account your financial circumstances, as well as those of your spouse. Your financial circumstances include your income, assets, and debts. The purpose of this approach is to prevent a spouse who is in a poor financial situation from being ordered to pay his or her much wealthier spouse’s attorneys’ fees.

Shaw Law Firm has handled countless Georgia divorce cases involving all types of issues, including the payment of attorneys’ fees. We know the ins and outs of Georgia divorce law and we know what it takes to achieve our client’s goals. Allow us to shoulder a part of your burden during your divorce proceedings by leaving the fighting up to us.

Contact us or call today to learn how Shaw Law can work with you to achieve the best outcome possible for you and your children.

Scott Shaw is founder and principle of Shaw Law Firm LLC, founded in 1995 and dedicated solely to divorce, family law and child custody matters that must be addressed and decided in the state of Georgia. Shaw Law Firm serves the greater Metro Atlanta area, particularly the counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee, Forsyth, Paulding, Henry, Fayette, Coweta, Newton, Walton, Bartow and Douglas. Schedule a consultation today at 770-594-8309.