Russian Speaking Divorce Attorney
Almost all divorces are complex, from both a financial and emotional perspective. During this process, many clients have questions about each of these aspects. Unfortunately, if your lawyer does not speak your language, it can be difficult to get answers to these questions. That is especially true if a person’s conversational English is excellent, but the person is not familiar with many key family law terms.
At the Delaney Heckman, we speak your language. We are not just talking about Russian. If you have questions or concerns, we carefully listen to you. Then, we explain your legal options in easy-to-understand terms. Because of our experience, you can count on the reliable advice we give, so you can have additional peace of mind.
Divorce Basics in Cook County
Marriage dissolution laws vary significantly by state. Illinois is a pure no-fault state. In most cases, fault-based grounds, like adultery and cruel treatment, are not allowed in divorce actions.
Procedurally, at least one spouse must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days. Generally, there is no waiting period. In some cases, there could be a six month waiting period, especially if the divorce is contested.
In the Prairie State, divorce resolves all issues, including property division and parenting time division.
What to Expect in a Marriage Dissolution Proceeding
Generally, about two weeks after the petitioner files for divorce, the judge holds a temporary hearing. At this hearing, the judge makes important decisions about spousal support, parenting time division (child custody), child support, and other issues.
Technically, these orders expire when the divorce becomes final. For practical purposes, these temporary orders often become permanent. No one, including a family law judge, likes to admit s/he was wrong and change a previous declaration. So, unless there is substantial new evidence, these temporary orders remain in place. Therefore, aggressive representation from a Rolling Hills divorce lawyer is important early in the process.
If there is any new evidence, it usually surfaces during discovery or the social services investigation.
During discovery, the parties exchange financial information about their assets, debts, and incomes. Based on this information, the judge must fairly divide the property so that the divorce is not an unfair financial burden on either the Husband or the Wife. Most property distribution matters settle out of court. The judge usually approves these agreements, as long as they are not blatantly one-sided.
Most parenting time disputes settle out of court, as well, largely based on the social services investigation report. A social worker examines the case and interviews witnesses. Then, the social worker issues a parenting time recommendation. This recommendation is not binding, but most judges give it considerable weight.
If the parties cannot agree on a settlement, most Cook County judges refer the matter to mediation. This alternative dispute resolution forum is usually successful if both parties negotiate in good faith.
Contact an Aggressive Lawyer
When it comes to divorce and marriage dissolution, your lawyer should speak your language. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Rolling Meadows, contact the Delaney Heckman We routinely handle matters in Cook County and nearby jurisdictions.