attorney's fees Florida divorce

Florida Statute § 61.16 authorizes courts to award attorney’s fees “after considering the financial resources of both parties.” Section 61.16 permits a court to award only a “reasonable amount of attorney’s fees.” This reasonableness requirement applies to both attorney’s fees and costs associated with litigation during a divorce. The critical issue for the court is

In a Florida divorce proceeding, a party seeking attorney’s fees usually does so under Fla. Stat. § 61.16. The purpose of section 61.16 is ensure that both parties in a divorce have the ability to seek competent legal counsel. Canakaris v. Canakaris, 382 So.2d 1197 (Fla. 1980). There are several ways in which a

Florida Statute § 61.16(1) provides that a court in a divorce proceeding “may from time to time, after considering the financial resources of both parties, order a party to pay a reasonable amount for attorney’s fees, suit money, and the cost to the other party of maintaining or defending any proceeding under this chapter …”