Ordered that the order is modified by (1) deleting the provision thereof which directed the husband not to pay his attorney any additional attorney's fees until he simultaneously pays the same amount to the wife's attorney, and (2) deleting the provision thereof which denied the wife's application for interim attorney's fees, and substituting therefor a provision awarding the wife interim attorney's fees in the sum of $10,000; as so modified, the order is affirmed insofar as appealed and cross-appealed from, without costs or disbursements.
We further find that the court improvidently exercised its discretion in denying an award of interim attorney's fees to the wife. In view of the widely disparate financial circumstances of the parties, an award of interim attorney's fees is warranted (see, Kesten v Kesten, 234 A.D.2d 427; Ljutic v Ljutic, 216 A.D.2d 274; Ferdinand v Ferdinand, 215 A.D.2d 350).
However, we reject the wife's claim that the court's temporary support and maintenance awards are inadequate. It is well settled that the purpose of a pendente lite award is to "ensure that a needy spouse is provided with funds for his or her support and reasonable needs and those of the children in his or her custody" (Pascale v Pascale, 226 A.D.2d 439, 440; Gold v Gold, 212 A.D.2d 503). Here, in addition to awarding the wife temporary maintenance and child support, the court directed the husband to pay all carrying charges on the marital residence, including mortgage payments, taxes, utilities, and expenses incurred for services including cable television, gardening, and snow removal. Under these circumstances, we find that the support and maintenance awards are sufficient to meet the reasonable needs of the wife and children during the pendency of this action (see, Pascale v Pascale, supra; O'Connor v O'Connor, 207 A.D.2d 334).