2010 Maryland Code
FAMILY LAW
TITLE 11 - ALIMONY
Section 11-110 - Order to pay reasonable and necessary expenses.

§ 11-110. Order to pay reasonable and necessary expenses.
 

(a)  Definitions.-  

(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated. 

(2) "Proceeding" includes a proceeding for: 

(i) alimony; 

(ii) alimony pendente lite; 

(iii) modification of an award of alimony; and 

(iv) enforcement of an award of alimony. 

(3) "Reasonable and necessary expense" includes: 

(i) suit money; 

(ii) counsel fees; and 

(iii) costs. 

(b)  Authority of court.- At any point in a proceeding under this title, the court may order either party to pay to the other party an amount for the reasonable and necessary expense of prosecuting or defending the proceeding. 

(c)  Required considerations.- Before ordering the payment, the court shall consider: 

(1) the financial resources and financial needs of both parties; and 

(2) whether there was substantial justification for prosecuting or defending the proceeding. 

(d)  Absence of substantial justification.- Upon a finding by the court that there was an absence of substantial justification of a party for prosecuting or defending the proceeding, and absent a finding by the court of good cause to the contrary, the court shall award to the other party the reasonable and necessary expense of prosecuting or defending the proceeding. 

(e)  Expenses paid previously.- The court may award reimbursement for any reasonable and necessary expense that has previously been paid. 

(f)  Counsel fees.- As to any amount awarded for counsel fees, the court may: 

(1) order that the amount awarded be paid directly to the lawyer; and 

(2) enter judgment in favor of the lawyer. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 16, § 3; 1984, ch. 296, § 2; 1993, ch. 514, § 1; 1994, ch. 4, § 1.] 
 

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