Generally, you request fees at hearing and either get them or not; however, if this is part of an ongoing dissolution action and you've put attorney's fees at issue (by requesting them in either the petition or response) you may still put those fees into your final judgment, whether as part of a negotiated settlement or judgment after trial.
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This doesn't seem to be a logical question for you here. You cannot collect attorney's fees unless you paid an attorney; the same goes for a litigant who happens to be an attorney. If you paid an attorney you should be able to better get this information from that attorney.
If you had an attorney and requested attorney's fees, that request should have been made prior to the hearing. The other party needs to be on notice that you are requesting attorney's fees. More facts would be necessary to analyze this fact pattern. Generally speaking, courts can make orders for attorney's fees at a final hearing if the court does not grant the fees right away.
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