Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult things a person can do. By understanding what is involved in the process, you may be able to get through it without feeling likely you have completely lost your sanity or your dignity. If you have questions on how the Illinois divorce process works, speaking with a Hoffman Estates divorce lawyer can help. At the SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, our team is ready to answer all your questions on divorce and other family law-related topics.
Our compassionate family law attorneys and support staff are here to help you through the Hoffman Estates divorce process. We will be here from start to finish and listen to all your concerns and the unique challenges that you are facing in your particular divorce. Once we file your paperwork, we will answer any additional questions or address any concerns that arise while we wait for your spouse to file a response.
Once he or she files a response, you and your ex will be required to establish the value of your marital property and produce all evidence that will be relevant to your divorce proceeding. This phase of the process is what is known as “discovery.” From there, we will start negotiations with your spouse’s attorney to resolve any outstanding issues in an attempt to avoid a formal trial with the judge.
During the divorce, the court may set status hearings, which are monthly updates on how the case is proceeding, which are required by Illinois law. We will represent you in those hearings as well as respond to any motions your spouse’s attorney may file.
If you and your ex can reach an amicable agreement, you will only have to give a brief testimony in front of the judge who will then review your marital agreement to ensure it is fair to both parties. If the agreement is too biased toward one spouse, the judge has the discretion to make changes. If the judge sees no issues, he or she will sign off on the agreement and issue a final divorce decree.
In the event you and your spouse cannot reach an amicable agreement, our attorneys will be compassionate but will also aggressively fight for your rights at trial. During the trial, you may have to answer questions that we ask, that your spouse’s attorney asks, as well as the questions from the judge. Rest assured that we will help you prepare and understand how the trial process works.
In complex cases, we may need an expert to testify, as well. Sometimes experts are needed when there is a business as part of the marital estate, or there is a belief that one spouse is hiding assets, etc. If children are involved, you may be required to participate in mediation to resolve any disputes. You may even be required to take parenting classes.
Do not go through your divorce alone. Let the skilled attorneys at the SAM LAW OFFICE LLC help. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.