You need to understand what is happening in your case in regards to attorneys, judges, and the legal system.
You need to understand what to do and why.
This is one reason why you must do your Objections and Corrections form. This is where you state your rights according to the laws that you find to back them up.
What a citizen is truly up against in this legal system is that the courts may do as they please, any way they please, it is up to the litigant to be aware of what is happening and that there is a need to object and preserve these objections on the court record while it is happening during the litigation before these objections are considered preserved for appeal. You will be considered to have voluntarily waived your rights if you do not know how to timely exercise them and preserve them. So, if a court violates your rights you will be punished for letting the court do it by being subjected to the conditions of an unlawful and appeal able court order that you now cannot appeal. The only thing a judge has to be concerned about is whether or not you can successfully appeal and have an order overturned, reversed, or have your case remanded to the lower court to have a new hearing consistent with the order of the higher court. Remember, judges "stick up" for each other and even the higher courts are guilty of this since there is a "judicial public image" to uphold!
As a general rule the real function of an attorney is not to ever do anything that embarrasses a court, judge, prosecutor, or agency even at the expense of protecting a clients rights.
This is what happened in our case. The attorney would not speak out although he said he would, but in the hearings he would not.
At one point he told us to do our dec of facts and Objections and Corrections and when we did he backed off. We did it anyway.
One note that I will add. We had a very fair judge. Our attorney told us the judge told him and his legal aid that he (the judge) was going to catch it for giving our granddaughter her freedom. They all lived in a small town and county.