You may want nothing more when dealing with a divorce than to make your spouse suffer. This can take the form of fighting over little things or even intentionally quitting a job so that your spouse can’t access your money. In some instances a spouse may refuse to cooperate with court orders to disclose his assets hoping that doing so will prevent a court from awarding spousal support to the other spouse.
While I understand why you may want to do those things, they are not going to sit well with the court and could cause you to pay for the other spouse’s attorneys fees. A judge has discretion to award attorneys fees and costs to one spouse if the other spouse’s attorney increases the costs of litigation by failing to respond to discovery requests.
Discovery can take many forms but in a family law case the discovery is often focused on finding out one spouse’s income or other assets. When a spouse ignores these requests and fails to disclose assets, efficient resolution of the case is difficult. All that has to be shown for sanctions to be awarded is the frustration of settlement. Sanctions may take the form of an order to pay for your spouse’s attorneys fees.
Settling a case early can save you money on attorneys fees and the headaches of dealing with a trial before a judge. If you want an attorney who will help you reach a compromise that is good for both parties, call Paul D. McGuire at the Law Office of Paul D. McGuire to schedule a free consultation