My guess is that the judge wants to be sure you're represented by counsel. If you hire another lawyer, that lawyer can file her appearance and ask your current lawyer to withdraw.
Alternately, you could just pay your lawyer in advance.
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I suppose I am too easy-going about payment, but I find this attorney's conduct very questionable in light of the fact that the judge denied her withdrawal and is keeping her in the case. That indeed was a signal from the judge that he/she wants you to be represented in the case, thinking it to be in your best interests. So, find another lawyer. That lawyer can then arrange to get the file from your current attorney and the judge will allow her to withdraw when knowing a new attorney is stepping in.