Much of this may be inapplicable to your case if it appears a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) is forthcoming. Hopefully either through assistance with their attorneys or through mediation, the parties can reach settlement on all issues or narrow down the issues that will require the Court to decide.
As always, should the parties on such simple things as what personal property will be retained by each, then this gets written down and signed by all parties. The more the parties can agree on the less the attorneys and Court must assist with and the less money they will expend.
Although the statute says the party with the better ability to pay shall pay for the other spouse’s attorneys fees and costs, let’s all agree that it will probably come out of the marital Estate which means each party pays so holding down costs is important to both sides. If an attorney tells you that the other side will pay then you should question from where? There is only so much of the marital monies and assets that can be used for this purpose. The Court will also penalize any party that runs up fees and costs. So failing to provide the required or requested documents or materials will not help you.