A spouse may unilaterally encumber their community interest in real property to pay reasonable attorney’s fees in order to retain or maintain counsel in a proceeding for marital dissolution, legal separation, or nullity of marriage. This encumbrance is known as a “family law attorney’s real property lien.” It attaches only to the encumbering party’s interest in the real property. Fam. Code §§ 1102(e), 2033(a).
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