If you are considering divorce, you may wonder who will pay the attorneys’ fees in your Illinois divorce case. The general rule, of course, is that attorneys’ fees are the responsibility of the party who incurred them.
However, under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act and existing case law, courts may consider various factors when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees in some cases. Factors may include:
- the value of property assigned to each spouse in a property settlement agreement
- the duration of the marriage
- the economic circumstances of each party including income and earning capacity
- the award of the marital home
- obligations a party might have from a previous marriage
- prenuptial agreements
- spousal maintenance and
In addition, a party can file a petition to have the other spouse pay or contribute to attorneys’ fees incurred during divorce litigation in cases where they are “unable to pay such fees themselves and the other party is able to do so”.
Questions on How Attorney Fees Are Handled in an Illinois Divorce?
Contact the Illinois Family Law Office of Ronald L. Bell & Associates For Answers
If you are considering divorce and you have questions regarding the process with regard to how attorney fees are handled in an Illinois divorce, contact the Illinois Family Law offices of Ronald L. Bell & Associates for more information at 847-495-6000.