Often spouses are overwhelmed with emotion and endless questions when they are facing a contested divorce. A contested divorce means that both spouses do not completely agree 100% on all issues involving child custody (parental responsibility), visitation (parenting time) and division of assets. Because most divorce cases are settled prior to trial, it is important to find an attorney who can guide your case efficiently through the following steps. You also need an attorney who continually looks for ways to negotiate a settlement as early as possible in order to minimize costs and stress. The more issues you and your spouse can agree on with respect to custody (parental responsibility), visitation (parenting time) and division of assets, the lower your attorney fees should be.