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Can Your Spouse Be On The Hook For Your Divorce Legal Costs?


Divorce proceedings have the potential to be emotionally exhaustive. When issues such as spousal support and property and debt division are taken into account, paying for legal representation can be added a cause for concern as well. However, there are provisions under California law that allow for assistance with financial fees.

In this issue, the San Diego divorce attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center will talk about your legally provided options concerning covering your divorce costs.

Can I ask my spouse to cover my divorce legal bills?

California law has a legal requirement specifically designed to ensure that you and your spouse or domestic partner have access to legal representation during your divorce process.

Under this legal provision, there are two (2) options for securing financial assistance.

  1. Your income and the income of your spouse or partner are examined by the court. If it’s determined that either of you has the ability to pay for legal services but the other is not, the judge can order the one with the higher income to pay whatever amount is deemed to be “reasonable” to the other’s legal representative.
  2. If your spouse or domestic partner has deemed to have been uncooperative throughout the divorce process or has exhibited inappropriate conduct – domestic violence, for example – the court may compel your spouse or domestic partner to pick up your legal tab. The only hiccup in this option is that it may not be granted if the decision would result in the financial ruin of your spouse or domestic partner.

To talk more about your divorce options, call the San Diego divorce attorneys at the Men’s Legal Center.

You shouldn’t let the worry of financial costs get in the way of beginning your life anew.

The San Diego family lawyers with the Men’s Legal Center have earned a reputation of trust and can position you for the best possible outcome of your divorce. Our sole purpose is to make sure you have the resources and knowledge they need for the best possible outcome in family court.

You can reach us at 619-234-3838 or via email.