If you and your spouse can come to terms on custody/visitation/timesharing concerningchildren, distribution of property and debt, child support and alimony if any, the attorney can prepare a settlement document. Coming to an agreement with your spouse can save alot of money, aggravation and time. If you and your spouse disagree on one or more matters, the Judge will have to decide them.
So communicate with your spouse to try and work out an agreement on as much as you can. You will not necessarily agree on everything in one meeting so keep trying. But if your spouse thinks they have the final say on everything, tell them that the judge runs the show. And in a non threatening way tell them that things can be done easily for everyone’s benefit, or in a difficult manner which hurts everyone involved