America’s divorce rate has declined sharply in recent years. Yet at the same time, divorce’s moral acceptability rating has increased sharply. In other words, more people than ever before have questions about marriage dissolution in Illinois. These questions not only include the divorce process, which has changed significantly since 2016. Pre-filing questions abound as well.
Filing for divorce is always a big step. Even an uncontested, no-fault divorce usually involves some legal, financial, and emotional issues. A Chicago family law attorney helps petitioners (people who file divorce) navigate through this minefield. Lawyers stand up for your rights in court and give you solid legal advice throughout the process.
There is an old saying that goes something like “It’s better to live on a corner of a roof than to share a mansion with a disagreeable spouse.” At some point, a marriage simply becomes untenable. At the same time, it is important to be mindful of the cost of divorce. And we are not just talking about the financial cost.
Some divorces involve marital trauma, like infidelity, abandonment, or assault. Generally, only the strangest and most resilient relationships can recover from such damage. Furthermore, in most cases, both spouses must admit some level of fault and repent.
Most divorces are slow-fade divorces. The couple simply drifts apart over time. During this time, minor disagreements become major issues.
It is hard to tell when a marriage can be reconciled and when it is best to give up. Making things more complicated, many spouses have a romanticized view of divorce, like many people have a romanticized view of marriage. Sometimes, a trial separation period helps. This separation gives bickering spouses a good idea of what divorced life is like. Then, they can better assess their marriages.
A Chicago family law attorney can help with the pre-filing decision, at least in some cases. Without naming names or going into specifics, an attorney can give you a thoughtful cost-benefit assessment.
The right attorney is even more important once you file legal paperwork. When you meet with prospective lawyers and evaluate them, focus on the following items:
The right qualifications are not enough. Your lawyer should also have a clear vision for your case and offer a realistic estimate as to financial cost.
Divorce is a very big step in several different ways. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Chicago, contact Andrea Heckman Law, Ltd. Convenient payment plans are available.
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