Divorce is a complicated and emotional process that can be both time-consuming and expensive. While the decision to end a marriage is rarely easy, it is often necessary for the well-being of both parties involved. However, the way that you approach your divorce can make a significant difference in the outcome by reaching a satisficing outcome. A "satisficing" decision is one that is good enough rather than trying to achieve a perfect outcome. Satisficing decisions and settling without fighting can be beneficial for both parties involved in divorce.
Divorce is one of the most challenging experiences anyone can go through because it is a death of your marriage. Apart from the emotional stress, there is also the legal process to deal with, which can be confusing and overwhelming. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about the divorce court that can make the process even more challenging. Here are some of the untrue statements I have heard over the years
One of the questions I am asked the most frequently is whether I can represent both parties in a divorce. The short answer is no. But why? After all, if two people are legally permitted to enter into a contract with one another, why can’t they just pick one attorney to represent them both? Here’s an overview of the reasons why I do not represent both parties in a divorce.
Divorce is a difficult process. It requires making a variety of changes to ensure that your life is set up and running smoothly once the proceedings are finished. One of the most difficult parts is coming to terms with the change—and making sure you’re covered in every way possible.
I can sometimes make a super-fast divorce happen.
Filing for a divorce is not easy and its not cheap. It can be an emotional and confusing time, and the last thing you need is to worry about legal paperwork. Unfortunately, a lot of people are turning to online divorce papers without understanding the complications or true cost that come with it.
Mediation is an alternative dispute process that is required when parents are unable to resolve disputes around parenting time (custody & visitation) or parenting responsibilities, such as medical decisions for the children
If you're a divorcing parent, you may or may not have heard of the term "parallel parenting." But what exactly is it?
When spouses divorce, maintenance or alimony payments may become a part of the proceedings. The name of the payment changed, but every experienced Illinois family law attorney knows it by several names: maintenance, spousal support and alimony.
When it comes to divorce proceedings, one of the most complicated aspects is property division. Illinois law distinguishes between marital and non-marital property and handles each type differently, although occasionally, property can occupy both categories. Understanding the differences between these two types of property is crucial to navigating the property division process.
Getting a divorce can be a complex and emotional process, and having an attorney to help you navigate the legal system can be beneficial. However, many people think they can handle the whole process for themselves. If you are trying to decide if you should hire a lawyer. The primary benefit of having a lawyer represent you during your divorce is that they can ensure that all legal documents are correct and consistent with the laws in your state. This saves time, prevents any unnecessary mistakes, and ultimately makes for a smoother process overall. Additionally, since attorneys are often experienced in family law matters, they may be able to provide insight into certain aspects that you may have not considered before and help you consider ideas for your post-divorce life you had not thought of.
When it comes to legal matters, the phrase “simple case” is often thrown around. But the truth is, there are rarely simple cases for attorneys to work on—and this can be a red flag to the attorney for those seeking help with their divorce. The reason? Questions rarely have simple answers when it comes to the law.
When it comes to divorce, the most common piece of advice usually involves protecting one’s assets. But what if you don’t have any assets? Does that mean you should skip hiring an attorney? Absolutely not! Everyone has stuff that they want to keep after a divorce. Assets is the fancy legal term for your stuff. While may not have a lot of stuff, there are still plenty of ways in which an experienced family law attorney can help protect your future and make sure you get the best possible outcome.
The holidays can be a stressful time for any divorcing couple, especially if there are children involved. With January being divorce month, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you want to divide up the upcoming holiday season. Read on to learn more about how you can plan ahead and make sure that everyone knows the schedules for the holidays, has time to adjust, and heal before the major end-of-the-year holidays.
Every new year brings with it a chance for a fresh start. Is this your year to start fresh?
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It can be a better decision, tax wise, to get divorced early in the year so you are ready for the tax season next year
If you're going through a divorce, chances are one of the first questions on your mind is "What happens to the house?" Well, there isn't a simple answer because it depends on a number of factors, such as credit worthyness, if you have a mortgage, whether you want to keep the home or sell it, and whether you can afford to keep up with the mortgage payments on your own. Here's a look at some of the most common scenarios and what you need to know about each one.
No one ever wants to hear the phrase "I want a divorce." But if you find yourself on the receiving end of those dreaded words, it's important to know how to react—both in the short-term and in the long-term. Here are some ideas if your spouse unexpectedly tells you that they want a divorce.
There's a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about parenting time and custody arrangements. It's time to set the record straight.
Let's get something out of the way right off the bat: adultery does not have a special place in divorce proceedings. Many people believe that if one spouse has committed adultery, that spouse will face some sort of punishment during the divorce, but that simply is not the case. In the eyes of the law, adultery is completely irrelevant to the divorce process.
So, if adultery doesn't have any bearing on the divorce itself, why do so many people believe that it does? Well, that's a complicated question with no easy answer. Here, we'll attempt to explore some of the reasons why adultery is often seen as a factor in divorce cases—even though it really isn't.
No one enters into a marriage expecting to get divorced, but unfortunately, it happens. If you find yourself in the situation where you need to get divorced, there are a lot of things to consider. Divorce can be an expensive process, but there are ways to save money. One way is by using a flat fee lawyer. Here's what you need to know about flat fee lawyers and how they can help you save money on your divorce
In the State of Illinois there is one reason to get divorced: irreconcilable differences. The Courts do not consider reasons why the marriage broke down. Instead, the Court simply says, alright, its over, lets make it official.
A divorce trial is considerably different than how it is protrayed in the movies or in TV Shows. They expose all the ugly and feel downright unfair.
There are some fairly common signs that your marriage is coming to an end.
No one gets married intending to divorce. But, as the old saying goes, "Sh!t happens." And when it does, it can get pretty pricey—especially if you're not prepared for it. Here's a short primer on how much a divorce can cost, both emotionally and financially.
In this day and age, anything and everything is just a click away. That includes finding a lawyer that can help you with your divorce or any other legal conflict you may be having. While it might be tempting to just go on the first search engine and pick the first lawyer that comes up (which was probably me), this might not be the best idea. Here are some pros and cons of searching for a good lawyer online to help you make a more informed decision
The short answer is no. The system of law we have here is one where both sides get a chance to have their case presented to the judge. Not everyone takes this opportunity, and some waive it, but it is the right of due process.
Annulments are possible for people not validly married in the first place
Even if your divorce is simple, you should have a divorce lawyer help you.
For some people, a judgment of separation makes more sense than a divorce. However, there are differences between the two and they can affect you. For the purposes of this, a marriage and a civil union are treated as the same thing.
We just don't want to give you wrong advice that hurts you.
Maybe...If you or your soon-to-be-ex added money ot a retirment account during marriage, then it could be divided. If you can reach agreements outside of court amicably, then you control if your retirement is divided.
Child support is determined by law. The calcualtions take into account the time you spend with your child.
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Some ideas on where to start your discussions with your soon-to-be-ex
Ideas on how to tell your children before you start the process
If you need mental health help, do no let your divorce prevent you from seeking it
Holidays do not have to be a battlefield
If you are married, the answer is, likely yes
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