Just like any service profession there are good and bad divorce attorneys. And that is exactly the way that you need to look at it. Remember you are hiring the attorney, you are giving them money to perform a service for you, and it is up to you to make sure that they are doing everything they can for your case. If you let a divorce attorney take advantage of you and your situation, then you might as well just hand over a blank check.
It’s kind of arguable to think that an attorney will do his/her best to make your divorce as cheap as possible. A divorce attorney is in the profession for the same reason that we go to work everyday… to make a living. About 99% of them will never handle a high profile divorce case and there is no fame or glory to be had for what they do. And worst of all, there is rarely a clear cut winner, which makes it even harder for you to determine if they “win” the majority of their cases. They handle hundreds of divorce cases a year, and no matter how much you want to believe it, yours is no important to them than any of the others.
I found this online video, and even after watching it several times, I am still trying to find where exactly did this divorce attorney answer the main question: How to minimize the cost of the divorce?
The only thing that I can stress from this video is that he was 100% correct when he said that your divorce attorney works for you, and not the other way around. It is kind of like believing a car salesman or a mechanic when they are giving you the first price and/or estimate, and you believing them when they say “that is the best that we can do”.
The key is to be as knowledgeable as you can when dealing with a divorce attorney and taking control of your case from the beginning. Don’t ever let them know that you have no idea what you are doing. It’s perfectly O.K. to ask questions. You are not expected to know every legal detail; otherwise you wouldn’t need a divorce lawyer in the first place. But if you walk in there acting like you don’t have a clue then that is exactly the way that you will be treated.