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Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a Family Law litigation attorney. Thanks for your question.
It is POSSIBLE for a spouse to ask the judge to order the other spouse to pay for the cost of his/her attoreny, but it's usually only allowed IF the requesting spouse can prove that he/she has no income, savings, or other money to pay for it on his/her own.
Thus, if your wife has savings, a job (income), etc., it would be unlikely for a judge to order you to pay. Most of the time, a judge will order one spouse to cover the legal expenses of the other if the other spouse doesn't work/stay at home parent/spouse, etc.
So if your wife has income or money, the judge should be reluctant to order you to pay just because you can.
So how do I prove she has money, or any income? I know she has a 401K which she stated that she has 60k and removed 20k. So next week she states to the judge she does not have any money, has not worked in 9 months due to a medical leave. Has no income amd no benifits. And I have alot of money saved in my bank account. Is this enough for her to persuade a judge to order me to pay her lawyer costs?