Under Illinois law, all you need to show is that irreconcilable differences led to the breakdown of your marriage in order to get a divorce. Outside of meeting the state residency requirements to file, you do not need to conduct a drawn-out investigation to prove your spouse did something wrong to get divorced. While it is simpler in many ways, the legal process of a divorce can still be complicated. If you are considering filing for divorce in Illinois, let an experienced divorce lawyer in Plainfield help you.
At Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd., we have decades of experience helping Illinois residents finalize their divorce proceedings and start a new chapter in their lives. Some people mistakenly assume that an uncontested divorce means the process will be quick and straightforward. If you and your spouse can definitively agree on each outstanding issue, it could be completed in around six months. However, it is not uncommon for uncontested divorce matters to become contested as not all the outstanding problems were resolved, or one spouse drafted a very unfair settlement agreement. Even if you agree about every aspect of your divorce settlement, we always recommend having an objective lawyer look over the agreement first.
Provided you meet the residency requirements for an Illinois divorce filing, you start with the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Once it has been filed and served on your spouse, they have to file an answer with the court. If they do not respond to the petition within the deadline, the court could proceed with your divorce based on the evidence you submit as the petitioning party.
Dividing marital assets is one of the most contentious aspects of any Illinois divorce. While it is best if both spouses can reach an agreement on their own, it is not uncommon for the case to be resolved by a family court judge. When you have a lawyer representing you, it helps remove the emotions from the situation because our attorney is negotiating on your behalf.
Under Illinois law, the property is to be divided fairly and equitably. This does not mean you must split it 50/50 down the middle like a community property state. One spouse may get assets that are of similar value to those the other spouse will receive.
Not all marriages end with an order of spousal support. If you negotiate it on your own and the court signs off on it, you are better off. If you leave it up to the judge, you could end up with no award whatsoever. The courts take a hard look at certain factors, including the length of the marriage, the employment status of each spouse, and more.
If you have children, retaining a lawyer is even more critical. You want your divorce to be resolved as quickly and amicably as possible. A lengthy court battle does no one any good, especially your children. Your attorney can help negotiate child support and custody and visitation, referred to as parental responsibilities and parenting time by the Illinois courts.
If you need assistance with filing for divorce in Illinois, contact Law Office of Demetrios N Dalmares and Associates Ltd. to speak with one of our divorce lawyers in Plainfield.
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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.