Are you considering filing for divorce in Illinois? This can be a scary and emotional time. If you are preparing to end your marriage, or you have already been served with divorce papers, you need a compassionate, yet aggressive, Lake County, IL divorce lawyer. The experienced legal team at SAM LAW OFFICE LLC has years of experience helping Lake County clients. We understand what is at stake and how your divorce can affect you for the rest of your life.
There are many reasons to consider hiring a divorce attorney, even in seemingly amicable divorces. For example, your ex could be hiding assets as a way to keep them from being included in the property settlement agreement. Do you own a business together? Dividing business ownership, stock options, rare collectibles, antiques, etc., can be complicated. Coming up with a value for some of these items requires the expertise of someone like a forensic accountant. These experts specialize in helping people research hidden assets, hard to value assets, and more.
Some couples are opting to go through a different process called a collaborative divorce because it can be quicker and save on legal fees. However, if you do not understand precisely how collaborative divorce works, you could be spending a lot more in legal costs, and it could significantly delay your divorce.
To start, you will both sign a binding agreement. In this contact, both spouses agree to share information and experts to work together to resolve outstanding issues without the time and expense of going to court. Because you are sharing information and experts, you do not each have the cost of someone like a forensic accountant if needed. The one risk with collaborative divorce is that if you cannot reach an agreement. You will be forced to start everything over through the court system. And, neither of you can retain the same attorney again. That means you will need to seek new legal counsel who has no familiarity with your case.
It does not matter whether you are in the early stages of your divorce or it is an ongoing legal battle, our legal team is here to help. We handle numerous family law matters for our Lake County clients, including:
If you need assistance with your Illinois divorce, let the experienced team at SAM LAW OFFICE LLC help. Having a skilled attorney on your side during a divorce is essential. You need someone who can navigate the legal system’s challenges while ensuring your rights are protected. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation and learn how we can help.