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‘Merger’ Doctrine Does Not Wipe Out Fee Award (access required)

A father ordered to pay $27,312 as his share of his child’s fall 2010 college expenses cannot avoid the $20,000 attorney’s fee award the trial judge granted to mother for her pursuit of the college expenses under the couple’s PSA and divorce decree; the Court of Appeals rejects father’s claim that under the “merger doctrine,” ...