Massachusetts law allows a judge to order one party to pay the other party’s reasonable attorney’s fees in certain family related legal matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and post-divorce actions.
In awarding attorney’s fees in actions for the judge must make a determination that a party who is pursuing such claims is (1) an interested party who is acting in good faith; and (2) is unable to pay the expenses of the litigation.
A trial judge has broad discretion in determining whether it is appropriate to require one party to pay the other party’s attorney’s fees, and the amount of the attorney’s fees that should be awarded.
The main line of inquiry usually focuses on each party’s income, assets, and other financial resources that may be available.
While certain circumstances may favor an award of attorney’s fees, there is no guarantee that a judge will require the other party to pay all, or even some, of your attorney’s fees.
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