If you are taking an issue to court which you are legally on the losing side, the other attorney can request that you pay her fees. This is a sort of punishment for wasting the attorney's time.
What do you believe you could "counter-sue" her for? You are not eligible to claim attorney fees yourself.
The other party was smart to approach an attorney for assistance. I highly recommend you stop facing off against a trained attorney alone and hire your own. You will likely lose more if you fight this attorney on your own.
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Sure the other attorney can ask for fees. That does not mean the attorney will receive an award of fees, even if you lose on that issue. In family law matters, it is not whether an issue is decided in the party's favor but the relative ability of the parties to pay fees. See Section 61.16 Florida Statutes.
For the most part, courts do not award fees if the parties are of modest means. Also, income can be imputed to a party who is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed.
If you do not have an attorney, then what would you be counter-suing for?
The other party was wise to have an attorney. You should strongly consider doing so also. Yes, I realize that attorneys fees can be high, but a court action is a serious event. You wouldn't want to operate on your own brain, would you?
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