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DuPage County divorce trial and litigation attorneyBeing involved in any type of legal proceeding can be taxing, but finding yourself arguing about your marriage in a courtroom is especially difficult. It can be challenging to see your years of marriage being reduced to a legal battle and having a judge, who knows little to nothing about your life or relationship, make decisions about your future. While divorce litigation is often a last resort for divorcing couples, with the right attorney arguing on your behalf, you can be assured that your rights and interests will be protected.

Is a Divorce Trial Right for Me?

If you are in the beginning stages of your divorce, you should be aware of all of your options for resolving disputes with your spouse. Trial litigation is far from your only option, but depending on your circumstances, it may be the best fit for you and your family. Methods that you may use to resolve divorce-related issues include:

  1. Divorce mediation - Some couples decide to divorce because they are no longer in love or are not happy being married to each other, and they may wish to resolve divorce-related issues with minimal conflict. For divorcing couples who can communicate openly with each other, are able to compromise, and want the best for each other, divorce mediation is a great option. You and your spouse will hire a third-party mediator who will guide you through the divorce agreement process, allowing you to make the decisions together.

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IL divorce lawyerThe time leading up to your wedding can be a joyous and happy time, while simultaneously a stressful and overwhelming experience for many people. In the days and months leading up to your wedding, you likely have event planning things on your mind, such as picking out the color of the table linens or making a final determination for the guest list. What many people do not think about before they get married is the financial aspect of things. When you get married to another person, you are suddenly financially intertwined with that person and are subject to things such as property division and spousal support in the event you were to ever get divorced. One way to protect your financial health is by signing a prenuptial agreement before you tie the knot. Prenuptial agreements used to carry a negative social stigma, but more people have begun to see their benefits in the past several years.

Prenuptial Agreements are Becoming More Commonplace Among Couples

Just as Bob Dylan once sang in one of his most famous songs, “the times they are-a changin’,” the marital landscape in the United States is also changing. Not too long ago, many people thought it was unsavory or tacky to get a prenuptial agreement before they were married. After all, why would you make plans for the end of the marriage before the marriage has even begun? In recent years, there has been a surge in interest in prenuptial agreements, especially among younger couples. According to a survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, around 62 percent of lawyers who responded reported that they saw an increase of prenuptial agreements between 2013 and 2016, while about half of them reported that they saw an increase in prenuptial agreements among millennials, specifically.

There are a couple of possible reasons for this surge in prenuptial agreements. First, the divorce rate in the United States has greatly increased over the past couple of decades. Depending on the source you consult, the current divorce rate is anywhere between 40 and 50 percent. Second, people are waiting to get married until they are older and consequently have accumulated more assets and property that they need to protect. The average age of individuals when they go to get married for the first time has increased significantly over the past 50 years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age a man was first married increased from 23.2 in 1970 to 30.3 in 2019, while the average age of a woman at her first marriage increased from 20.8 to 28.4, respectively.

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IL divorce lawyerIn the United States, divorce is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 22 percent of marriages dissolve before they celebrate their fifth anniversary and that number increases by the 20-year mark when an estimated 53 percent of all first marriages have ended. People get divorced for all kinds of reasons, but whatever the reason, the divorce is still likely to be riddled with tension, stress, and emotion.

Even if you and your spouse communicated well during your marriage, things will likely be much different during the divorce process. A peaceful divorce is possible, but effective communication is key to making that work. Here are a few tips to help you improve your communication with your spouse during your Illinois divorce:

  • Determine what your boundaries are. First, you should set clear boundaries for communication. You and your spouse were once very close to one another and it can be easy for you to cross a boundary without even realizing it. Make it clear to yourself and to your spouse what those boundaries are, such as when you are available to talk and in what form (phone, text, email, etc.)
  • Keep the children out of it. Since you have begun the divorce process, you have likely heard it a thousand times -- keep your children out of your affairs. If you have children, it is important that they know that you are getting a divorce, but they do not need to know every little detail of your divorce, nor do they need to be privy to any arguing or disagreements between you and your spouse.
  • Consider hiring a mediator. In some cases, hiring a divorce mediator or other family specialist can help you effectively communicate with one another. The role of a mediator is to help keep you and your spouse on track when you have conversations, especially if you always seem to end up in an argument when you try to discuss something related to the divorce. A mediator can give you tools to guide yourself through your conversations.

Discuss Your Case With Our Elmhurst, IL Divorce Attorneys

Having good communication in a divorce is important if you are aiming to have a smooth and peaceful divorce. Without effective communication between you and your spouse, everyone’s tensions are higher, including your children's’ and other family members. At Weiss-Kunz & Oliver, LLC, we have experience dealing with many types of divorce cases, from extremely high-conflict cases to simple uncontested divorces. Contact our skilled DuPage County divorce lawyers today at 312-605-4041 for a consultation.

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Many times, people will nonchalantly throw around the term “narcissist” to mean a person who thinks they are the greatest. While this is one component of narcissism, it is actually a mental disorder classified by an inflated ego and a serious lack of empathy. Being married to a narcissist can be trying, but getting divorced from one is an entirely different ballgame. In many divorces, the couple can come to an agreement on some or most things with minimal involvement from attorneys or the court system. In a divorce involving a narcissist, every step of the divorce is dragged out and complicated. If you are going through a divorce with a narcissistic spouse, here are a few helpful tips to get you through the process:

Keep Copies and Records of Everything

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, IL child custody lawyerDivorce is a very emotional process. After all, you are leaving the person that you promised to spend your life with at one point. As much as divorce is an emotional process, it is also a complicated financial and legal process that can take quite a bit of time, sanity and even money to complete. One of the biggest stressors in marriage is money and it is not any different during a divorce. Depending on your circumstances and needs, your divorce could cost you anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to upwards of $100,000. The cost of getting a divorce can differ for a number of reasons, some of which are in your control. Here are a few factors that can affect the cost of your Illinois divorce:

The Divorce Process You Choose

The type of divorce you decide to go with will greatly impact how much you end up paying for the process. In most cases, a litigated divorce will cost much more than other types of divorces. This is because a litigated divorce involves much more court time, attorney’s fees and court costs than other types of divorces. Other popular types of divorces, such as mediated or collaborative divorces, can cost less in the long run, depending on the level of cooperation between you and your spouse.

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