It is the responsibility of the court and the parties**to examine each civil action to assure that the process and the costs are proportionate to the amount in controversy and the complexity and importance of the issues..."
**I conclude that this requirement extends to the parties' lawyers.
While I shouldn't be, I continue to be amazed at the petty disputes that parties and their lawyers are including in motions involving more serious issues such as custody, parenting time and contempt. Since I cannot ethically comment on recent cases before me I will comment by analogy to the types of things I have seen as disputes:
"My former spouse won't send Johnny's soccer clothes back to me washed after practice so I have them for the week he is with me."
"I want Johnny's dad to pay for all of his violin lessons even though I agreed to pay for half of them in the divorce agreement. I can't afford them now that I help support my new husband's kids."
"Yes, I agreed in the divorce settlement to go to mediation for any disputes and to pay half, but I don't like that agreement any more. I can't afford mediation."
Here is probably the most ridiculous one I ever observed. While an attorney waiting for a hearing, I watched 2 attorneys argue whether Johnny (the 12 year old certainly bound for MLB as a first round draft pick) should play baseball on a team coached by his dad, or a competing team in the next suburb coached by his step-dad.
Really, you can't make this stuff up.
Lawyers: consider that your strong argument on a major issue may be diminished by the petty matters you throw in to your moving papers.