I being laid off from my job about 6 months ago after 10 years...right now I have no income and no money.
I have been married for 18 years. We have one child (12y old) and we own a house, bought it cash, no mortgage, no loan.
If the Court finds you have a need and your husband has an ability to pay, the Court could order your husband to pay your legal fees and costs.
As Ms. Urbaneja said, if the court finds you have a need and the husband has the ability to pay, the court could order him to pay. Additionally, during the mediation process, you could ask for it and he might agree (knowing the likelihood he might be ordered to pay if it went to trial). Most attorneys, however, would need you to make payments towards the fees until the time that the husband was ordered to pay. With property and a minor child to consider, you definitely want to consider seeking legal advice.
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Okay.....you will get through this. When were you served? You do not want to have a default entered for failing to respond timely and properly. You need to consult with an attorney immediately regarding filing an answer and addressing the issue of attorney's fees. To answer your question, the court can order a spouse to pay for the other's attorney's fees; it's not that simple, however. I've enclosed a link to §61.16, Fla. Stat. (2015) regarding Attorney’s fees. Read through it carefully and that should provide you with a better understanding of this issue. Simply put, he has to have the ability to pay for your fees, generally. I've also enclosed a link to a guide regarding selecting a family law attorney in Florida. This might help you as well. Good luck.
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you can't make your Husband pay your attorneys' fees---- but the Judge can! If he's working, you have a paid for house you certainly have a case to make for fees, and temporary support both spousal and for your child--- you need a lawyer.
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