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How Long Will My Illinois Divorce Take and How Much Will It Cost?

Kane County Divorce Attorneys Explain Process

Over the years, we have been asked questions by nearly every client regarding the length and cost of his or her divorce. The problem is that those are not simple questions to answer. We cannot quote you something that does not have a standard. At Goostree Law Group, we will strive to complete your case as efficiently and as inexpensively as we can.

You may have heard from friends, family members, or neighbors who experienced relatively short divorces that were cheaper in price. No matter what you hear, every divorce case will be different. We excel at providing experts in case issues such as finance, mental health, and taxes. We have a wide variety of law experience in other aspects related to divorce cases such as property division, child support, or child custody.

Our law team has had experience with divorce cases that were very large in scale and involving multimillion dollar businesses. We have also handled cases that are smaller and on a more personal level, such as allegations of abuse or uncontested divorces. At Goostree Law Group, we approach cases with a team approach, which provides clients with the best possible representation.

Consult a Kane County Divorce Lawyer

If you live in the Kane County or Northern Illinois area, please contact us at 630-584-4800 so that we can hear about your divorce or family law matter. We will answer all of your questions and you will get to know your case's attorney. Our main office can be found in St. Charles, Illinois at 555 S. Randall Road, Suite #200. We also have an office in Wheaton, Illinois, where we meet with clients by appointment only. Call us today and we can set up a free consultation.

Who Pays My Attorney Fees in an Illinois Divorce?

Kane County Attorneys Explain Divorce Payments

When a client starts his or her divorce process, there is one question that we, as attorneys, always receive. What is the cost? People wonder who has to pay the attorney fees and how that works when assets are being divided. Generally, the fees are paid from marital funds, but it depends on you and your spouse’s income. At Goostree Law Group, we can explain how this matter will be handled during your divorce, and answer any other questions that you may have.

The law does not officially require that one of the spouses automatically has to pay for the other spouse's fees to attorneys. Now, if you or your spouse has way more financial resources than the other, then the court may order some financial assistance for the spouse with less money to apply towards fees and related expenses.

The goal of the court is to ensure that both spouses can afford legal representation. Having adequate funds guarantees that the proceedings will be fair. If you are a spouse who believes that you will struggle to afford an attorney, you will need to provide proof that you are not able to pay with any of your own resources.

Contact Our St. Charles IL Divorce Lawyers

If you live in the Kane County or Northern Illinois area, please contact us at 630-584-4800 so that we can hear about your divorce or family law matter. We will take every step needed to answer your questions, and you'll get to know your case's attorney. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

How Can I Get Back Money My Spouse Spent on an Affair in Kane County?

Filing a Claim of Dissipation in Illinois

While the divorce process in Illinois does not take infidelity into account, you may be entitled to recover a portion of the money your spouse may have spent on an affair. To do so, you will need to show that the money was spent for a purpose unrelated to the marriage after the marriage had broken down.

When you and your spouse are headed for a divorce, it is important to be careful about how you spend your money. This is because, in most cases, the money spent will be considered marital funds in your divorce. According to Illinois law, marital property is to be divided equitably between the spouses, based on consideration of a number of circumstantial factors provided in the statute.

If your spouse has been spending money on an affair, or for any other purpose that is unrelated to the marriage, you have the right to file a dissipation claim. A dissipation claim is a formal filing that seeks to hold a party accountable for financial transactions that could unduly affect the allocation of marital property.

Proving Your Dissipation Claim

At Goostree Law Group, we are equipped to help you with your dissipation claim. Our attorneys will assist you in showing:

  • Your spouse inappropriately spent or devalued marital assets;
  • The spending occurred after the marriage had begun an irretrievable breakdown; and
  • The specific assets that your spouse dissipated.

While you may not be entitled to a full recovery of the money spent, your spouse may be ordered to reimburse the marital estate before it is divided.

Call for a Free Consultation

If your spouse has been spending money on an extramarital affair and you are considering a divorce, contact our office. Call 630-584-4800 for a free consultation at Goostree Law Group. With offices in St. Charles and Wheaton IL, we are proud to serve clients in and around Kane County and DuPage County.

How Can I Get Restricted Visitation Against My Ex?

Kane County Attorneys Fighting for Your Children's Safety

There are ways to have the court declare restricted visitation or parenting time against your ex-spouse. If you are able to prove that there is serious danger to the well-being of your child, it is a high possibility. At Goostree Law Group, we can further inform you of your legal options regarding this aspect of a parenting plan.

The concept of there being “serious danger to the health of your child” can be very broad and not specific to all situations. Many clients believe that danger is defined as there being any physical danger or abuse to your child or children. This definition also encompasses any risk of emotional or mental abuse being inflicted on the children. Coming to the conclusion of parenting time being restricted can be very severe.

The courts prefer when both parents are able to be given their parenting time with their children. They want it to be fair for both parents to foster a relationship between the children and both of the spouses. However, the legal system requires that the safety of a child will be a top priority. If your children are being abused in any way by your ex-spouse or new significant other, the courts will take the steps outlined within the parameters of the law to keep them safe.

Contact Our Kane County Lawyers

At Goostree Law Group, the safety of you and your children when an abusive spouse is involved is our top priority. If you live in the Kane County or Northern Illinois area, please contact us at 630-584-4800 to set up a free consultation. We will take the necessary steps needed to answer all of your questions, and you will get to know the attorney assigned to your case. Contact us today and we will get started.

How Can I Find Out What My Self-Employed Spouse Really Earns in Illinois?

Protecting Your Rights During Divorce with a Kane County Lawyer

When a divorce case involves a spouse who is self-employed, it can be very difficult to determine that party’s true income for the purposes of the divorce proceedings. An experienced attorney can help you review business records, bank transactions, credit card, receipts, and your spouse’s lifestyle to ensure a proper accounting of his or her actual income.

Throughout Illinois and across the country, there are millions of individuals who have taken a leap of faith and gone to work for themselves. In many cases, however, a self-employed person may not draw clear distinctions between business and personal finances. While such a scenario may be challenging for tax purpose, it can also present serious difficulties during divorce.

Ensuring a Fair Divorce Settlement

At Goostree Law Group, we realize that an equitable divorce settlement requires each party to fully disclose all of their assets, resources, and debts. A spouse’s income is a crucial component in determining the division of marital property, spousal maintenance, and child support. When your spouse’s income is unclear because of his or her business interests and transactions, you may need help uncovering the truth.

Our experienced attorneys are prepared to conduct a full analysis of your spouse’s business and personal finances. We will help you determine the correct amount to be considered during your divorce, utilizing the assistance of forensic accountant if necessary. A vocational expert may also be needed to show that your spouse’s earning potential is substantially more than he or she is reporting. It is our goal to help you obtain full financial disclosure from your spouse so that you can get the equitable divorce settlement that you deserve.

Let Us Help

If you are in the process of divorcing a self-employed spouse, contact the offices of Goostree Law Group to speak with an experienced divorce attorney. Call 630-584-4800 to schedule your free initial consultation today. We are proud to serve individuals and families in St. Charles, Elgin, Batavia, Geneva, and the rest of Kane County and DuPage County.

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 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174


 400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187


Our Illinois divorce attorneys represent clients in Kane County, DuPage County, Kendall County and DeKalb County, including Geneva, Batavia, St.Charles, Wayne, Wasco, Elburn, Virgil, Lily Lake, Aurora, North Aurora, Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Gilberts, Millcreek, Maple Park, Kaneville, LaFox, Yorkville, Oswego, Plano, Sugar Grove, Big Rock, Bristol, Newark, DeKalb, Sycamore, Naperville, Wheaton, West Chicago, Winfield, Warrenville, Downers Grove, Lombard, Oak Brook, Streamwood, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Schaumburg, Big Grove, Boulder Hill, Bristol, Joliet, Kendall, Lisbon, Minooka, Montgomery, Plainfield, Sandwich, Yorkville and many other cities.

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