Alan W. Metcalf, Attorney at Law

Attorney Fees

the code provides for the party who make substantially more then the other to contribute to their fees, usually 25%-50% of the total. Thus the higher income earner usually get stuck for one fourth to one half of the other parties fees or more if the other party is unreasonable, by not settling when they should have. See Family Code 2030, 2032 (need and ability) and 271 (bad faith). Many things can be done on both sides to assist order. The best defense if you are the higher income earner is a reasonable settlement offer the first month of the proceeding.