Will I Have To Pay My Wife’s Attorney Fees?

attorney feesQuestion:

I am going through divorce and make quite a bit more money than my wife. She keeps telling me I will have to pay for her attorney fees. What are the chances of this happening?


I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general tips on your situation.

In Virginia, where I practice, the issue of attorney fees in divorce is an issue of equity. The court may order one party to pay the other’s attorney fees if the court deems it to be an equitable decision.

Virginia Beach divorce attorney Jonah Dickey
Virginia Beach divorce attorney Jonah Dickey

If both parties can afford to pay their own fees then the court will generally make them each pay their own attorney. However, the law provides that the court may order either party to pay the other’s counsel fees as equity and justice pay require.

The laws on attorney’s fees vary from state to state and this is an issue that you will want to discuss with our attorney in your state that you meet with.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Virginia divorce lawyer Jonah Dickey, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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