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Illinois Divorce FAQs

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Divorce can be challenging in many ways. It represents a time of transition in your life. Some spouses remain amicable throughout their divorce proceedings. Others experience a high level of conflict. At Goostree Law Group, our goal is to help you receive a divorce decree that is fair and beneficial to you. Our experienced attorneys will be here for you every step of the way.

Q: How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Illinois?
A: It depends. Some spouses are able to quickly reach an agreement and finalize their divorce in as little as a few months. Other spouses are not able to resolve their divorce by mutual agreement and will need to go through divorce litigation. Divorce litigation can prolong the process significantly. Spouses who share high-value assets and children tend to take longer to finalize their divorce than spouses who share few assets and have no children in common.

Q: What Solutions Other Than Divorce Litigation Are Available?
A: Many couples - even those who are not getting along at all - are able to resolve their divorce by reaching an agreement on each issue. Mediation can be a very effective solution. During divorce mediation, you and your spouse will each be represented by your own attorney. You will agree on a neutral mediator. The mediator will go back and forth speaking to each of you and your counsel about each issue until an agreement can be reached. Attorney-facilitated negotiation is also an option. In this dispute resolution method, you and your spouse will communicate through your attorneys and negotiate each issue. If these methods succeed, you can file an uncontested divorce.

Q: What Is the Difference Between Marital Property and Separate Property?
A: Each spouse is entitled to keep their own separate property. Separate property includes things like property you owned before you got married, gifts and inheritances you received individually, and property you previously agreed would be your separate property. Marital property is just about everything else you acquired during the marriage, even if it was paid for using only one spouse’s income. Even contributions made to a retirement account by one spouse during the marriage are generally considered marital property.

Q: How do Illinois Courts Divide Marital Property Between Spouses During a Divorce?
A: If you and your spouse are not able to agree on property division, the court will aim to divide marital property in a fair and equitable manner. It is important to note that this does not mean that property will be divided 50/50. Rather, courts will consider a number of factors to determine how your marital property should be divided in a way that is fair to both of you. It is very important that you have strong legal representation if you will need the court to make decisions about the division of marital property.

Goostree Law Group Can Help With Your Divorce

The experienced attorneys at Goostree Law Group will fight to ensure that your divorce decree leaves you in the best possible position. We understand how stressful the divorce process can be, and will do all we can to tackle the tough parts for you. Whether you would like to try alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or know that you will need litigation, our Illinois divorce attorneys are ready to help. Contact us at 630-584-4800 to begin with a free consultation.
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