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PAYING FOR ATTORNEY'S FEES IN A DIVORCE ACTION IN WASHINGTON STATE


“Payment of costs, attorneys’ fees, etc.


The court from time to time after considering the financial resources of both parties may order a party to pay a reasonable amount for the cost to the other party of maintaining or defending any proceeding under this chapter and for reasonable attorneys’ fees or other professional fees in connection therewith, including sums for legal services rendered and costs incurred prior to the commencement of the proceeding or enforcement or modification proceedings after entry of judgment.”


The Court may also order the other party to pay for attorneys’ fees and costs if the other party has engaged in intransigent behavior.

There is no guarantee the other party will be ordered to pay your fees in a divorce or family law action.  Thus, you should expect to pay your attorney without an expectation of any contribution from the other party.  In most instances, it is likely, at best, the Court will order a portion of your fees to be paid.  As such, great care should be taken when embarking on a legal action, particularly if your attorney is advising you your position is “somewhat” unreasonable.


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