Divorce attorney fees – Getting your spouse to pay

Divorce attorney fees – getting your spouse to pay.  By: Daniel Findling

Divorce attorney fees – getting your spouse to pay.

Quality representation is not always cheap.  A common question is can you get your spouse to pay for your divorce attorney fees?  The answer is yes.


Michigan divorce law provides authority to request the court to order the other party to pay all or part of the divorce attorney fees related to a divorce, including post-divorce proceedings.  The law is found in Michigan Court Rule 3.206(C).

The Michigan Court Rule regarding provides that a party requesting contribution towards their divorce attorney fees must allege:

  • The party is unable to bear the expense of the action, and that the other party is able to pay or
  • The attorney fees and expenses were incurred because the other part refused to comply with a previous court order, despite having the ability to do comply.

Michigan also has a statute on divorce attorney fees.  The statute is Michigan Compiled Laws 552.13(1).  The Michigan statute on divorce attorney fees provides:

“In every action brought, either for divorce or separation, the court may require either party .  .  .  to pay any sums necessary to enable the adverse party to carry out or defend the action.  .  . “

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