When a judge rules on alimony, child custody and child support they have the authority to award attorney fees. Most folks do not, however, reach the point of having a judge rule as more than 90% of cases are resolved by agreement. The issue of attorney fees can also be the subject of negotiation in your settlement.
The practical reality is tha most people end up paying their attorney fees in advance to the attorney they select and then, if they are successful in negotiating on the attorney fee issue, they obtain reimbursement of the fees from their spouse.
Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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