Can I Ask My Spouse to Pay Attorney Fees in a Divorce?

Who Pays Attorney Fees In A Divorce?A divorce can be a financially daunting undertaking, especially if one spouse does not want to pursue a divorce or it comes as a total shock. An often-contested component of any divorce is attorney fees and who is obligated to pay said fees.Texas is a community property state, so any assets or debts accrued during the marriage are subject to a just and right division in a divorce. Texas does not have legal separation so the marriage lasts until the date a Final Decree of Divorce is signed and rendered. What this means is any attorney fees incurred throughout the divorce process are a community debt, even if the parties are separated and pursuing a divorce.A Texas family law court will not order the party that filed for divorce to pay the non-filing spouse’s attorney fees as a punitive measure. Any Texas resident is entitled to file for divorce; forcing the filing party to pay the other spouse’s attorney fees as punishment is not…

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