Who pays the attorney fees, and what percentage, depends on several factors including income disparities. In divorce proceedings, the state of California advocates for a level playing field by ensuring both parties have equal access to legal representation. Therefore, if you are the higher-earning party, the court may grant your spouse an attorney fees award that compels you to pay some of their attorney fees in addition to yours. The award is meant to avoid the possibility of financial disparity advantagening one party while disadvantaging their spouse due to the legal representation both of you can afford.

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