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If the lawyers cannot agree, the judge will decide whether to order you to pay your lawyer's attorney's fees. The judge will usually order a hearing if there is any dispute over your income, your spouse's income and ability to pay, or whether the fees being charged by the attorney are reasonable. The judge could also order that your spouse must pay legal fees out of his share of the marital estate, rather than making you pay them upfront. So, for example, if you had a bank account with $10,000 in it, you could be required to give your spouse $5,000 from that account to pay his lawyer, but then you'd get the rest of that money.