Does my spouse have to pay my collaborative fees and cost?
Whether your spouse has to pay your fees and costs in collaboration really depends on your decision and your spouse’s decision. In Florida there’s a time-honored tradition of fairness that requires that both spouses have equal access to family finances for their divorced. In a collaborative case, this means that both parties can expect to use the family’s resources to pay their attorneys. In a litigated case, this can sometimes be the most contested issue of whether or not you’re going to have to contribute to your spouse’s attorney’s fees and costs. Many times those issues drive up the cost, making them even more expensive, making resolution even more difficult in a litigated case.