Sample Divorce and Family Law Requests for Attorney Fees
and for Forensic Costs Exemplars
As California appellate court's have remarked, attorney fees are the "mother's milk" to ensure parity in matrimonial litigation between spouses and domestic partners. Often, without an award of attorney fees from one party to the other, the "out-spouse" is hopelessly lost and overpowered. I have writtten extensively about the Family Code sections that address the legislative policy that people must have access to lawyers in order to secure justice. If you'd like to educate yourself on the subject, peruse my Attorney Fees Category of our EnlightenedDivorceBlog™ and also read our "Attorney Fees in Divorce" Practice Area page. Also, use our on board search engine at the top right of each page as you would for a Google search.
Unfortunately for people in relationship struggle, attorney fee issues often overlap sanctionable divorce related conduct and breach of fiduciary duty issues so that you might benefit from studying those pages too. The fact is, when you catch the other side playing deviously or behaving in narcissitic and fast and loose behaviors with your community property, or even their own separate property, you will greatly increase your likelihood of receiving large fee awards. Unfortunately, however, the work that must be done to uncover the hiding and lying behaviors is extremely time consumptive, meaning you will run up huge fees attempting to perfect your claim and recovery of the financial resources you need to protect and advance your own interests.
I am going to provide you some free exemplars on these subjects, which for me is a slow painful process simply as a matter of time. You will see below live links and links that are coming in the future. The only thing I ask in return for my efforts is that you "like" us on social media, in order to increase our visibility so that others who we can help by introducing them to this website can find us more readily.
- Sample RFO Declaration by Party Requesting Attorney Fees and Forensic Costs
- Sample Points and Authorities in Support of an RFO Request for Lawyer's Fees and Accounting Forensics in High-Asset Case
- Sample Points and Authorities in Support of an RFO Request for Attorney's Fees in Mid-Asset Case
- Sample Attorney Declaration in Support of Attorney Fee RFO Requests Mid-Level Case
- Sample Short Points and Authorities Explaining Fiduciary Duties for Judges New to Family Law
Again, I am just one person who works on this website when I am not managing a thriving family law practice - so please be patient and return from time to time to inspect the new original materials we will be uploading.
And, beyond everything else, strive to have an Enlightened Divorce even when the other side makes that seem impossible!