Genoa City, WI asked in Divorce for Illinois

Q: My daughter is getting a divorce. Her boyfriend gave my other daughter 5000 for a retainer for the lawyer.

He said it would look bad if the money came from him. My daughter took the cash and deposited in her account. Then gave the boyfriend a check for the 5000 dollars . The daughter getting the divorce filled out the name of the attorney and gave this as a retainer. Because my other daughters name was on the check is she responsible for all lawyer fees

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Brian W. Reidy
Brian W. Reidy
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: This is a bit confusing, but legal fees in a divorce can be awarded by the court. If one side has money for a lawyer, the other side should be entitled to get a lawyer. May be best to have your daughter speak with her attorney about this and be clear where the money came from. Her attorney should be in the best position to discuss realistic outcomes.

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