What Can I Expect In A Divorce In Illinois?

Your assets, liabilities, needs, life style, living arrangements and schedules are unique. Your children and their needs are unique. The one thing you can expect in a divorce (dissolution of marriage) is that your experience will be different from that of anyone elses.

You will want — and should have — an attorney who can give you the best advice for accomplishing your individual goals. Heffernan Law will help you find the best solution for you and your family. That begins by understanding your options for divorce and determining how to proceed. You need to know what assets and debts you have. You need to know the law. You need to know your rights and what you are entitled to.

The divorce process includes:

  • Starting a divorce:
    • Filing a Petition with the court
  • Filing an Answer to the Petition
  • Discovery:
    • Learning the parties' assets, debts and incomes
  • Deciding responsibilities for the children
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Trial

In Illinois, you can have a contested or uncontested divorce. Below is a general explanation of these two options.

  • Uncontested: In an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse agree on all issues including property division, maintenance and parenting responsibility. You can come to an agreement through negotiation or mediation, relying on the court to finalize the agreement. This option often costs less, takes less time and leaves the parties with more control over the outcome. An agreement is always best, because you do not want a stranger deciding your and your children's lives. The best way to reach an agreement is to be informed.
  • Contested: A contested divorce occurs when the parties cannot agree on some or all of the issues. This process takes much longer and is more expensive to complete. A judge decides the issues that will affect your and your children's lives.

Talk To Our Lawyer About Your Divorce

The only advice you should rely on, is that of an experienced attorney. Call us at 708-263-4574 to schedule a free initial consultation with our lawyer at our offices in Orland Park or Oakbrook Terrace. You may also send us your information, and we will contact you.