A divorce does not always have to be expensive. When the parties can agree amongst themselves, the billable hours can be kept much lower. By agreeing amongst themselves, the parties can keep the cost of the divorce down. Agreements usually occur when the parties are able to decide for themselves about living arrangements of children and the division of marital property. When the parties are unable to reach agreements regarding custody and property division, those decisions are left to the court. When the decisions are left to the court, the costs of custody and property division proceedings can substantially increase.
It is always best to settle divorces on amicable terms. This is especially true when children are involved. But when an agreement cannot be reached, you need a divorce and child custody attorney that knows the law and has real world courtroom experience. I have extensive experience both in and out of the courtroom in dealing with child custody and divorce cases.