Weird question I know but my ex doesn't support gis children at all. I can't afford an attorney anymore because the bill gets to high. Hes over 12 grand behind on child support but he can afford a attorney for himself. I support my kids and bust my back for them he just thinks he deserves everything and not pay like visitations. Can the WA courts somehow order him to pay for a lawyer for me. Just the retainer and I can pay the rest. I can't afford another $3,000-$4,000 retainer again.
If he is behind in child support, have you contacted and opened an account with the State (DSHS - Div. of Children's Services) ? If not, you should and they may be able to assist you in enforcing the Order of Child Support.
"How can I get my ex to help pay for a lawyer for me?" The literal answer is that you file a motion/petition with the court and, in the document, you ask that the other side be ordered to pay your attorney's fees.
WA statutes authorize the court to order one party in a family law case to pay some or all of the attorney's fees for the other party.
The common basis is that one party has the financial resources and the other party does not have financial resources.
Since the father has not been paying court-ordered child support, you can file a motion asking the court to find him in contempt. When the court finds him in contempt, the court will order him to pay your attorney's fees regardless of his ability to pay.
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