Have Clear objectives
Avoid becoming overly involved in your case
In addition, involving yourself in the case to the point of micromanaging your attorney can be counterproductive as well. If your divorce attorney is constantly having to answer to you or explain things that are not important to the success of your case (such as rules of procedure that he needs to know, but you don't), inevitably this is going to cost you more money because your attorney is going to be spending extra time "dealing" with you.
Finally, it is not uncommon for two people to have different ideas as to how certain things should be approached, or what wording should be used. If your divorce attorney sends you a pleading, and even though it is written well, and the points come across correctly, you would have written it differently, try to avoid re-writing it just because of personal preference. Obviously if you send it back and the attorney has to make changes that have no effect on the outcome of the hearing or case, that is going to be additional money spent for the extra time he/she spends on the pleading. Often times your attorney words things a specific way due to the court rules of even professional conduct.
Now some attorneys are not perfect, so if you receive a pleading and the point you want to make does not come across clearly, then you'll definitely want to talk to your divorce attorney about it. It may be he/she didn't quite understand the information you gave him/her.
Try not to use your divorce attorney as a therapist
If you've been reading some of my blogs, then you know that like it or not, at times I've had to assume the role of a therapist. I'm happy to give advice based on my experiences and perceptions, but I always remind my client that I am a legal counselor, not a mental counselor. But besides receiving potentially bad marital or personal advice that has nothing to do with the law, you'll also be paying me for that bad advice because if I'm spending time on your case, I'm generally billing. So before initiating these kinds of conversations with your divorce attorney, be sure the communication contains worthwhile information that your attorney can actually use to help you and your case.
Don't expect too much from the courts
It is very rare for either party to be completely happy after a trial. A good divorce attorney can ensure that you get what you're entitled to, but its always going to go both ways. You are usually better off settling the case in mediation, or through your attorneys. When a judge makes a decision it is rarely win-win. Talk to your divorce attorney, he/she should be able to give you at least an idea of what you can expect in court, and whether it's worth going to trial. If your spouse is not budging on important issues and your attorney believes you'll get more at trial then settling on his/her terms, then that is something you should know.
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