Case Illustrates the High Price of Divorce.
Not so much for its discussion of some needs-based fee orders, Marriage of Schulman, Case No. D063341 (4th Dist., Div. 1 Jan. 21, 2014) (unpublished) was revealing in the high price of divorce: ex-husband spent $76,000 in fees (resorting to defending himself with some family law consultation), while ex-wife’s fees reached over $120,000. Wow!
On the merits, the interesting part of the decision was the lower and appellate courts’ recognition that ex-wife’s loans from her mother to pay fees did not retard a needs-based award of fees, especially given evidence that daughter was expected to repay mother over time.
BONUS: For a Wikipedia “List of most expensive divorces,” click here.