Concern over attorney costs causes some to delay filing for divorce. Under Colorado law, you may each individually pay your own attorney fees. However, if one person in the marriage cannot afford attorney fees, then the court may order the other party to pay legal fees for both.
There are some other circumstances in which a court may order the other person to pay the attorney fees for both parties. For instance, if one of the persons refuses to comply with court orders, and generally tries to harass the other spouse or make things difficult during the divorce, the court may order him to pay the other person’s attorney fees as well. These cases can result from one person’s behavior that causes the court to impose the other person’s attorney’s fees on him as a form of penalty.
However, most of these cases are decided on an individual basis. Therefore, it is important to speak with a Colorado family attorney, and talk about legal fees and attorney costs upfront before hiring him. Many attorneys do offer a free initial consultation, and you can take advantage of that. At the very least, you can call an attorney and find out how much it would cost to actually hire him or her and begin the process of filing for divorce.
Also, remember that no matter how much an attorney costs, hiring an attorney is recommended and a could save you money. No matter how amicable your divorce, attitudes change when there is property division at stake. Hiring a lawyer could be much less expensive than the losses you’ll sustain if your spouse retains a lawyer.