Whether you and your spouse are suffering from irreconcilable differences, or something has happened – like an act of adultery – that has contributed to the breakdown of the marriage, filing for divorce and parting ways is sometimes the best thing for a couple to do. However, filing for a divorce is not easy – one cannot simply request a divorce and have the court grant that wish. Instead, a person who wants to get a divorce must file a step-by-step process, and in some cases, may even need to go to court to resolve certain issues in a divorce.
If you are thinking about filing for divorce in Lakeview and have questions about the process, schedule a free case review with the attorneys at the Arami Law Office today.
Illinois law related to dissolution of marriage states that a divorce is to be commenced in the same manner as all other civil actions – by filing a petition with the county clerk and paying the filing fee. After filing the petition, the petitioner (the party filing for divorce) must serve the petition and the required summons to their spouse. The respondent then has a legal obligation to reply to the petition – the respondent can contest the divorce if they so choose.
A respondent may contest issues in a divorce, ranging from the petitioner’s grounds for divorce to division of parental responsibilities and assets and more. When a divorce is contested, the process automatically becomes more complex. In fact, a contested divorce can take multiple months – or even years – to resolve, which is one of the primary reasons why working with an attorney who understands the law and is a skilled negotiator is within a divorcing party’s best interest.
When issues are contested and parties cannot come to an agreement about their resolution, parties may be ordered by the court to attend mediation. Even if mediation is not court-order, it is highly recommended, and may be facilitated by an attorney, a hired mediator, a church official, or another trusted person. During mediation, parties are given an opportunity to express their feelings and desires. If you can settle major points during mediation, you can avoid large court costs and save time.
When you are going through a divorce, you want to make sure that the lawyer you hire to represent you has your best interests in mind, is aggressive and compassionate, and fully understands the law and its implications. At the Arami Law Office, our attorneys have been helping families in Lakeview resolve complicated issues in divorce for more than 10 years, and are regarded in the community for our strong reputation of client satisfaction and trust.
We know what you are going through, and we want to minimize the stress you are experiencing. For a legal advocate that you can count on, contact our experienced Lakeview divorce lawyers today.
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