In re the Marriage of: Sharon Marie Sanvik, Becky Toevs Rooney, Appellant, v. Charles W. Sanvik. MN divorce, attorney fees
In this appeal from Wright County, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held:
1. When a party's motion for attorney fees under Minn. Stat. 518.14 is pending upon dismissal of a divorce action, that party’s right to seek contribution for attorney fees from the opposing parties continues, and may be asserted by the attorney.
2. Minn. Stat. 518.14 does not permit a court to award conduct-based attorney fees against an attorney for a party in a divorce proceeding.
No. A13-1875 (Minn. Ct. App. July 14, 2014)
Please see the original opinion for the court's exact language.
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