Sounds like two attorneys are involved. You may to talk to yours... Just because there is an income discreancy does not mean feesare awarded. If there are briefs then the judge thinks it is an issue.
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Obviously there is more to your situation than just a discrepancy in income. Income is not the only factor is assessing fees. I would suspect reading your soon to be ex spouses brief and your attorney's brief will answer your question as to why it's not so clear to the judge.
I have practiced Family law for over 38 years and the two attorneys advised you correctly. Read the briefs and try to see the reasons from a neutral vantage point, many divorces involve emotions which cloud judgment of the parties involved.
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