Divorce Litigation in Illinois
What's included when you hire Sterling Lawyers
- Clarity. You will never be left out of the loop. Every step of the process and your rights under the law will be fully explained to you.
- Direction. You will get clear direction from your attorney and guidance based on what you are asking the court to give you.
- Support. Divorce is never easy and handling the emotions that rise up in a divorce can be a daunting task. We will be there to support and help you better face the challenges ahead.
- Privacy. You will get the security of attorney-client privilege so all information shared is protected.
- Everything Else.
- Preparing your petition for divorce (court filing fee included)
- Serving the other party divorce papers (process server fee included)
- Complete all necessary forms with your help
- Drafting settlement agreements
- Filing all forms and documents
- Completing your final divorce decree
- Attending court hearings when required
What are the benefits of divorce litigation?
- When domestic violence or substance abuse has factored into the relationship, litigation can help safeguard you and your children
- Establish and maintain your rights as well as your financial future during high-conflict cases.
- Stop deception before it starts by ensuring a manipulative spouse can't pull the wool over your eyes.
- Get the peace of mind that only comes from having an experienced litigation attorney in your corner
For Immediate help with your family law case or answering any questions please call (312) 757-8082 now!
How Divorce Litigation Works in Illinois
Step 1: File the Action with the Court
Step 2: Serve the Other Party
Step 3: Automatic Dissolution Action Stay and Temporary Orders (if needed)
Step 4: Complete Co-Parenting Classes and Co-Parenting Plans (when children are involved)
Step 5: Request a Settlement Conference Date
Step 6: Complete the Marital Settlement Agreement or Request a Trial Date
Step 7: Complete & Submit the Final Divorce Decree
Step 8: Complete QDRO Process to Legally Separate Assets & Debts
Are you ready to move forward? Call (312) 757-8082 to schedule a strategy session with one of our attorneys.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is divorce mediation better than divorce litigation?
Mediation has its benefits but it isn’t for everyone. In situations of abuse or when you cannot trust the other party, mediation is not a good idea. If you do think you can work with the other party, then mediation is a great option. It often goes faster and costs less money.
How long does a contested divorce take in Illinois?
A contested divorce usually takes around a year. Eventually, if parties cannot agree, the court decides for you. What takes the longest is if the divorce has to go all the way to the trial stage.
What happens when a divorce goes to trial in Illinois?
The trial is the last stage in a divorce. In a trial, each party’s attorney presents evidence, calls witnesses, and works to prove that their side is correct. It is done in the courtroom and can take one or two days.
Who pays attorney fees in divorce in Illinois?
Each party pays for their own attorney's fees. In rare circumstances, one party is required to pay for the other party’s attorney fees. However, the attorney fees can also come out of the marital estate. This is especially important for people who otherwise couldn’t pay for an attorney on their own.