As experienced divorce attorneys in Crestwood, the team at Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. works hard to ensure our clients have the best family law resources and necessary information they require. We understand that a divorce can be a long, drawn-out, and complex process. This is why we make sure that all of our clients completely understand how divorce works and what you can expect during the process. Proper preparation is the key to help minimize the time your divorce takes to complete, the cost, and the correct results.
In order to get a divorce in Illinois, you or your spouse must file a Petition for Divorce with the proper county court. If you retain an attorney, he or she will be the one to draft the petition and ensure that it is properly filed. The person who is filing for divorce is called the Petitioner or Plaintiff. The spouse who is responsible for responding to the petition is called the Respondent or Defendant.
The spouse who receives the petition must file an answer within a specified amount of time, typically thirty (30) days after being served. You can file a counterclaim with the response as well. If no answer is filed, the Respondent will likely be facing a divorce trial following the exact terms as laid out in the Petitioner’s filling. This is called a default hearing or prove-up and is held without the other party present. This is why seeking assistance from a Crestwood divorce attorney after you are served is so important.
In the early stages of an Illinois divorce, it is not uncommon for temporary motions to be filed that will address some issues that cannot wait until the conclusion of the divorce process. Some couples may try to work out their own temporary agreements without the need to go to court. This includes possession of the residence, temporary parenting time, and child support and maintenance.
Discovery is the legal process of gathering information necessary to build your case in the event your divorce proceeds to a trial. You and your attorney will work to gather financial and other personal information about yourself to provide to the divorce court. Part of this means anticipating your spouse’s case, as well, and preparing accordingly.
It is not uncommon for a divorce case to resolve itself on the day of trial, or sometimes during the trial itself. In other situations, the case will resolve long before it reaches the trial phase. There are a number of advantages in receiving a settlement beforehand, including the ability to have more control over the outcome of your divorce.
There is a small percentage of cases that do make it through a divorce trial. If your case is one that makes it to trial, there is no set duration on how long it will last. It all depends on a variety of complex issues, which your attorney can help you understand.
If you are filing for divorce, or you have been served with a divorce petition in Illinois, contact Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. today to schedule an initial consultation.
Demetrios, I cannot thank you enough for you diligence, patience, knowledge, concern and determination to represent my best interest. From the bottom of my heart, you are amazing and thank you for all you have done for me. Robin
With Demetrios, you don't have to worry about anything. He knows what he's doing. I have two lawyers before him. It was a long case and messed up for 2 years. Since Demetrios took my case, he finished it in a couple of months. He is very organized and smart, and he will take you through that very smooth process. Thank you so much Demetrios, I owe you a lot.
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Demetrios has helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He is not intimidated by increased levels of challenges. He has been able to adapt to my unique circumstances and get over every hurdle with confidence. He's intelligent, kind and a good listener. I wholeheartedly recommend Demetrios and his excellent staff to all my family and friends. I assure you that his commitment to helping others is reassuring, and I hope it sets your mind at ease.
Mr. Dalmares was great to work with. He walked me through the process and kept me updated on any updates that had occurred. Highly recommended!
Thank you, Demetrios, for your tenacity, attentiveness and patience in working with me in finalizing my divorce. God Bless
5-star team, very helpful, very friendly, punctual. Hired for a paternity case and was very pleased with the outcome. Demetrios is great; I highly recommend!
I recommend Demetrios Dalmares with the highest praise as a divorce attorney. My divorce was settled quickly and without any unnecessary drama. I was updated regularly regarding the progress of my case. He was extremely knowledgeable, diligent and persistent. Demetrios Dalmares was clearly working in my best interest and the best interest of my three children. He is definitely the attorney you want on your side when going through a divorce. I cannot thank or recommend him enough!
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Husband: Couple shared ownership in a business, resulting in complex property division issues. After investigation of the couple’s financial history, our client received a much more equitable divorce agreement than what was originally offered.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Mother: Father became aggressive and violent toward Mother during their separation, prompting her to seek full custody of their children. At trial, the court granted Father supervised parenting time only and Mother was awarded child support.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Husband: Couple had been locked in a contentious divorce for nearly three years and changed lawyers several times. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. provided the experience and organization needed to resolve the case within months, avoiding a trial for our client.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife: Wife left a successful career to raise children. When Husband denied spousal support based on Wife’s previous earnings, Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. countered with evidence that retraining was needed, and our client was awarded spousal support.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife: Husband tried to intimidate Wife into a divorce settlement that heavily favored his interests by drawing out the case. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Wife through trial, where she received an equitable share of marital assets.
In a case where Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. represented Father: Mother began cohabitating with a new partner who made significantly more than our client. Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. successfully demonstrated that the new relationship justified a modification and obtained a favorable outcome through negotiation.