Attorney fee awards are relatively uncommon in Minnesota family court. There are just two bases upon which a family court litigant may make a claim for fees and costs: Need-Based: Awarded if a party cannot afford fees and costs, but the other party can afford to assist. Bad-Faith: Awarded if a party engages in conduct designed solely to harass the other, delay the proceeding or drive up the fees and costs of the other party without sufficient justification. If you have a question concerning attorney fee awards, our lawyers are here to help. …


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