Divorce Attorney - Des Plaines, IL
(60016, 60018)

In Illinois, a divorce is finalized when a judge enters a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.  How that happens depends on the circumstances of the case, the willingness of the parties to come to their own agreements rather than have a judge decide for them, and the attorneys involved in the case.

Divorce - Des Plaines, IL (60016, 60018)


The litigation process starts when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in the appropriate county courthouse.  This is followed by "discovery,” where financial documents are requested and exchanged, and written questions are asked and answered in writing regarding the assets and liabilities of the marriage. If there are minor children involved, an Allocation Judgment and Parenting Plan must also be prepared and signed by both parties and submitted to the court. Sometimes during the divorce process, a party feels the need to file a petition seeking emergency or temporary relief. A small percentage of cases end up going to trial. Read more about the divorce process.

 
Collaborative Divorce -
Des Plaines, IL (60016, 60018)


Collaborative Law is an alternative, non-adversarial way to dissolve a marriage that seeks to minimize the cost, stress and frustrating delays associated with traditional litigated divorce.  It’s a way to get divorced without destroying yourselves financially or emotionally. Read more about the collaborative divorce process.

 
Practice Areas Include:


Collaborative Divorce

Divorce

Maintenance

Parental Rights & Responsibilities

Parenting Time

Post Decree

LGBT+ Family Law


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