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Dear Attorneys,

My husband’s attorney filed a motion for counsel fees and I don’t understand why. His attorney keeps filing motions, and I have not violated any of our agreements. I know that I make more money than him, but why should I be required to pay for his counsel fees?


Fanny Fees

Dear Fanny,

It is always frustrating when the opposing party in a matter asks for counsel fees.  It is often associated with contempt motions. However, if you are truly in compliance with everything, that should not apply. That said, if you are the “breadwinner,” and you paid for your counsel fees, then your husband is certainly entitled to pay for his counsel fees as well. Depending on how your finances are set up, that may be out of a joint account, or he may want to try to dip into your personal account. This is certainly something that is worth discussing with your attorney to see if it makes sense to get ahead of it and agree to some counsel fees, rather than having a hearing and dragging  out the issue further.

Remember, you don’t have to navigate this challenging situation alone. Seek support from experienced professionals who can guide you through the legal process and help you make informed decisions. Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

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