Palos Hills Divorce Attorneys
Choosing to get divorced is a big step. It is a life-changing decision and in many cases, it changes both members of a divorcing couple’s life for the better. A divorce is the end of an unhappy, and sometimes unhealthy, marriage. When you know it is time to file for divorce, it is important that you work with an experienced divorce lawyer who can represent your interests and protect your rights.
Use the information below to prepare for your initial meeting with a divorce lawyer. This information can help you develop questions to ask and realistic expectations for your divorce settlement.
Requirements for an Illinois Divorce
Illinois law imposes a few requirements on couples who want to end their marriages. These include:
- The couple may only cite irreconcilable differences as their reason for ending the marriage. Illinois, like a few other states, abolished grounds for divorce;
- To file for divorce in Illinois, an individual or his or her spouse must have lived in the state for at least 90 days;
- When an individual files for divorce, the petition must be filed with the circuit court of the county where he or she lives or the county where his or her spouse lives;
- For a divorce to be finalized, the couple must live separately for at least six months; and
- If the couple meets certain criteria, they can complete a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage, a more streamlined divorce process.
Orders in a Divorce Settlement
A divorce settlement is comprised of a few orders. These orders are legal requirements by which the couple must abide after the divorce is finalized. Certain court orders may be modified later if the couple’s new circumstances make them unrealistic or impossible to follow.
A divorce settlement can include one, some, or all of the following orders:
- Property division. This is the distribution of the couple’s marital assets and debts between them. Every divorce settlement includes a property division order;
- Child support. If the couple has minor children, this is the money one parent pays to the other to cover child-related expenses;
- A parenting plan. This plan includes a parenting time schedule and a breakdown of parental responsibilities. The court develops a parenting plan according to what it determines to be in the child’s best interest. The child’s best interest is determined by examining the child’s personal needs and the parents’ lifestyles and economic circumstances; and
- Spousal maintenance. When one partner chooses to work less or leave the workforce entirely for the benefit of the couple’s family, he or she may receive spousal maintenance to prevent financial hardship after the divorce.
Work with an Experienced Palos Hills Divorce Lawyer
When you are working through a divorce, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced divorce lawyer. Contact our team at Demetrios N. Dalmares & Associates, Ltd. today to set up your free legal consultation in our office. We can answer all of your questions and guide you toward the right divorce strategy for your case.