Can I make my spouse pay some or all of my attorney fees?
Missouri courts follow the "American Rule" when it comes to attorney fees and this basically states that each party is responsible for their own litigation costs. However, there is an exception for divorce and family law cases as a statute does authorize attorney fees in some circumstances. In order to justify such an award, misconduct during the marriage or the litigation is usually required, and/or one party makes substantially more income than the other. Most of the time, each party must pay their own attorney fees, but it never stops the parties from making the request.