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My husband filed an Order to show cause to modify my child

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My husband filed an Order to show cause to modify my child and spousal support. Can I ask the Court for attorney's fees in my response. (I have an attorney but can barely afford her rates)
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Dimitry K., Esq. replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

Generally speaking, no. You are not legally required to have an attorney for a modification petition and hearing. Therefore having an attorney is an option rather than a necessity. The courts only generally provide attorney fees in cases where the hearing is based on contempt of the other party (that is, you file and bringa successful contempt petition against your ex), or at the beginning of divorce proceedings where there is a financial imbalance between the parties.

Good luck.

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