Courts rarely allow significant time for fee considerations, and frequently counsel for the impecunious spouse feels shortchanged in the award of attorney's fees, suit monies, and costs. Most judges, who were for the most part practicing attorneys before ascending to the bench, believe that they know how to assess the reasonableness and necessity of fees and, more frequently than not, are capable of doing so in the ordinary or run-of-the-mill divorce case involving no unique issues or unusual time demands. However, where extraordinary time is required, either due to the uniqueness of the issues or the recalcitrance of the opposing party, having an attorney testify as to the reasonableness and necessity of legal services performed and suit monies and costs expended can be of great assistance to the court and the party seeking recovery.

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