Court requires divorce lawyer to give earned fees to opposing counsel

Court requires divorce lawyer to give earned fees to opposing counsel

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For nearly 20 years, “leveling the playing field” has been part of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, containing a provision intending to bridge the gap between divorcing spouses of varying income levels so that one side cannot “out-litigate” the other. This provision took on another shape in a recent decision by the Illinois Appellate Court in In re Squire (2015 IL App (2d) 150271), where the court required a spouse’s attorney to turn over already-earned fees to the opposing counsel. To learn more about this recent and controversial decision, along with several reactions by the family law community, please head to theISBA website to read the full article.

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