It’s not surprising that professionals who charge $200 - $750 an hour induce a state of wariness in their potential clients. Add to that the idea that every phone call or e-mail starts the meter ticking, the retainer dwindling, and you can understand why divorcing couples might balk at the thought of even hiring an attorney at all.
First note – attorneys are indispensable in a divorce proceeding. Even if you and your spouse agree on how to separate your assets, debts, and co-parenting you need to be sure your divorce agreement accomplishes those goals. As Knoxville attorney Natalie LeVasseur explains, “You and your spouse are moving from point A to B, and it’s great that you both agree on what point B should look like, but now you need an experienced attorney to make sure your divorce agreement gets you to point B.”
The legal system is not user friendly and you will need a good attorney to help you navigate the system – BUT there are certainly steps you can take to reduce the amount of time your attorney needs to spend on your case.