You have a lawyer, and you have a dispute over attorney’s fees right now, because you want your soon to be former spouse to pay your attorney’s fees. Do you go to court on that issue alone, or do you let the issue of attorney’s fees get resolved at settlement or trial? The best answer is that you try to resolve the issue of attorney’s fees at the same time that you resolve all other issues. Judges hate to see lawyers fighting in court over which party will pay them, and especially hate hearings on the issue of attorney’s fees alone. Court time is valuable, and hard to come by. Don’t make a mistake early in the case that will lead the judge to think that you are unreasonable, allow the issue of allocation of responsibility for attorney’s fees to be resolved in settlement or at trial in family law cases.