In order to avoid unnecessary costs, you may want to consider alternatives to litigation such as Mediation or Collaborative Law. For more information about those processes read our past posts:
What are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Mediation
Dramatic Impact of Mediation on Children of Divorce
Mediation, Collaborative Law or Litigation: What's your Vote? - A 3 Part Post:
The Cleavers Divorce: Collaborative Law, Mediation or Litigation - Part I
The Huxtable's Divorce: Collaborative Law, Mediation or Litigation - Part II
The Honeymooners' Divorce: Collaborative Law, Mediation or Litigation - Part III
Even if mediation or collaborative law is not available in your case (these processes both require joint and volunteer participation), it is still possible to reach agreements with the proper preparation and forethought. Make sure that you provide your attorney with all of the information necessary for them to properly and timely prepare your case, and they should be able to make appropriate and timely proposals for settlement that could help you avoid costly and disappointing court appearances.