It's been a while since I've last posted here. About a year ago my wife stated she was going to divorce me. However, it never happened and it gave me some time to prepare. I've implemented austerity measures, completed other preparations and have meet with 9 attorneys. I'm looking for thoughts for the 2 attorneys on my short list.
I live in IL and have a D15 and S13.
Attorney 1: Male, well established, no nonsense. Asked pointed questions and gave straight answers. He advises that he'll litigate anything but finds most OC tend to back down in the 11th hour. According to the Court Docket, hes in court virtually everyday with multiple clients. Expensive: $4000 retainer, $450/hourly, $400 hourly for Junior Attorney-but advised that I could reduce my bill if I do some of the leg work.
Attorney 2: Female, well established, asked lots of questions. Wanted to know goals of Parenting, provided several scenarios of outcome. However, she's a solo attorney sharing office space with another attorney and she showed up with her son who was off today from school. Also, when asked if she was a litigator she advised that most of her cases close without litigation but she doesn't have any issues with trials. She advised that we would start my case with RO's surrounding Parenting Time, since my STBX will not agree to 50/50 and move to mediation and a GAL if needed. She feels the RO's on Parenting Time of 50/50 will establish a status quo for future proceedings. Costs: $2500 retainer, $250/hour for trial, $225 for court appearances and $200 for everything else.
My thoughts are leaning towards Attorney 1 as I feel he is more experienced and confident in his skills. However, his costs are roughly double than the going rate in the area. Any suggestions? Should I keep looking?