File For Divorce in Illinois
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When a divorce happens, most people don't know what to expect. It can all be a little overwhelming, like being thrown into a deep forest without a guide. Suddenly, you have to make decisions about child custody and support, dividing the family house and cars, asset division, spousal support and many others.
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There are two ways of thinking about a divorce: as an end or as a beginning. We sincerely believe that there's always a light at the end of the tunnel at the end of any divorce.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a divorce take?
A divorce can take anywhere from a month to two years or even longer. Most often it takes around a year. Simple divorce where there are little assets and no children go the fastest. Conversely, divorces where parties can’t agree, have a lot of stuff, and/or have children, take the longest. Divorces often go quicker if you prepare for your divorce.
How are assets divided in a divorce?
The divorcing parties first have the option to split assets on their own. If parties cannot agree, how the court divides the assets depends on the state you are in. Some states split things 50/50 down the middle. Others split things based on what the court thinks each party deserves. If parties have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, that will impact the property division process as well. Most of it comes down to how the state defines what marital property is.
How much does a divorce cost?
Divorce costs vary widely depending on the type of divorce, the complexity of the situation, and the level of assistance needed. Generally, the biggest upfront cost is the attorney which on average can range anywhere from $6,000 to $13,000+. The rate an attorney charges is also often dependent on the state you are in.
What is the most common reason for divorce?
The most common reason for divorce is that the marriage can no longer be fixed. Marriages break down whether it's because of a big event or just because one or both parties haven't been putting in the necessary work. It’s usually a culmination of many things such as unmet needs, uncommunicated expectations, lack of commitment, arguing, or infidelity.
Is it better to separate or divorce?
There are different ways to end a marriage and the best option for you depends on your situation and needs. A legal separation is better for people who still want to remain linked. In a legal separation, you are still married to a degree and can usually still share things like health insurance.
Who gets the house in a divorce?
Either party can get the house in the divorce. It depends on who wants the house and what the other party can get in exchange. If the house has equity, the party that wants the house will have to pay out the other party or give up something of similar value to it. Or, the parties could sell the house and split any profits. To sell a house, you'll probably need a house appraisal.