The first thing your family lawyer should do is listen to you so they can understand the facts and nuances of your case. They will then help you by preparing documents needed for court and join you at all court appearances, mediation, etc. Your family attorney should be there for you to answer any questions you may have and guide you through each step of the legal process. The most important thing your lawyer can do for you is to be there to support you.
Choosing the best family attorney for you is a very personal decision. You should feel comfortable enough with them to trust that they have your best interests in mind. You should also trust that they care about you as a person, not just a dollar amount. Open communication, empathy, and patience are all great qualities to look for in an experienced lawyer.
While your lawyer does need to be paid for their services, your lawyer will work with you to determine a payment schedule that works for everyone.