Can I save attorney fees and costs by not using a lawyer? The answer to the question as to whether or not you need an attorney depends upon how long you have been married and how complicated your family finances are.
Who pays for attorney fees and costs? When incomes are approximately equal, each party must pay for his or her divorce. But when one party has substantially more income, Florida statues provide that the court may require the richer party to pay all or part of the other spouse's fees and costs. The purpose of the statute is to try to insure that the party with little or no income is not at a disadvantage in hiring a lawyer compared to the spouse with the higher income.