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Counsel Fees Pendente Lite, Motion for


Term Definition Counsel Fees Pendente Lite, Motion for - a motion by the wife requesting sufficient funds from the husband or the marital estate to prosecute or defend a divorce action.
Application in Divorce As it applied to divorce, a motion for counsel fees pendente lite happens when one partner, usually the wife, needs funds to prosecute or defend herself in litigation.

Courts entertain the motion for counsel fees pendente lite to level the playing field in a divorce action. The fees eventually come out the marital estate.

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