Another point to consider is that if the parties are middle class with minor kids a very large portion of how the divorce is to be settled is already laid out in the law and in various child support income ratio formulas. A lot of people think they need a pitbull type attorney to go after the assets of the other party, when in fact a lot of how “middle class with kids” divorces are going to be settled is based on various cookbook state guideline formulas and recommendations.
A point to remember is that very aggressive attorneys tend to be very expensive and if there is a defined pool of assets to be fought over, paying someone 200-400 dollars an hour to punish the other party is, in practical terms, going to cost both parties in the end.
The above assumes rational people who just don’t want to be married anymore. If drugs and crazy/irrational people are involved a more militant stance may be required.