I actually hired Aimee for a custody case in which I was trying to obtain full custody instead of joint that was in place. Paperwork took forever to be written and filed and served. When that finally happened, I kept asking and asking when she would get us into court. It dragged on for months and months for seemingly no reason. I know courts are slow but there seemed to be no attempts to get a court date. All of a sudden, she started speaking to the attorney on the opposing side and trying to strike a deal with him and my ex without my consent. I wanted to get into court. She kept saying that settling out of court was faster and would be better but my gut told me we needed to be in front of a judge. Aimee sent me custody proposals from my ex's attorney via email and kept encouraging me to take them. Each one had another and another concession on my end until finally the custody was so convoluted and far from my original goal that I gave up. I had payed her so much that I didn't have money left to hire another attorney to take over.
To be clear, when I first consulted with her she said I would have no problem getting sole custody. I am not a drug abuser, not a child abuser, have no criminal record at all, not even speeding tickets!! I am a great mom now and was when I hired Aimee. Before I paid her she convinced me we would have no problem in court or with custody. After I paid, she was lazy and I guess decided court was not her desire. Never mind what her client wants! I was highly disappointed and walked away broke and lost miserably.
I am writing this now (a couple years after I hired her) because in those years I found a great attorney who gladly took my case and got me my kids back! So I know it was possible and I just hired the wrong person. It's way too bad my kids had to go through two more years of a bad situation with their dad while I saved the money to hire another attorney and properly get the case handled the way it SHOULD have been with Aimee. Beware of any attorney who promises you your cake and to eat it too. In retrospect, I would have asked her to be honest with me about how hard she planned to work and what she thought the worst outcome could be. Not just assume that she would have my interests as a priority only to let me down in the end. After all, custody cases involve the lives of innocent children. They are not just business deals. Aimee is nice and funny and very pretty but I was blinded by all that and got taken.