Marriage is meant to be a lifelong partnership in which spouses combine nearly every aspect of their lives, including their property and their finances, often while working together to raise their children. When a marriage breaks down, and it looks like divorce is inevitable, couples may struggle to determine how to separate the parts of their lives that have become closely intertwined. If you are considering divorce, you will want to work with a skilled Illinois family law attorney to understand your options, including determining whether legal separation may be preferable to permanently ending your marriage.
At SBK Law Group, we understand the difficulties involved in the divorce process, and we believe in educating our clients about their rights and the options available. Our attorneys have over 25 years of combined experience, and we will offer legal advice about the best ways to resolve your legal issues while providing you with dedicated representation throughout the divorce process.
When you get divorced, this will legally dissolve your marriage, and you and your ex-spouse will no longer be united in a legal partnership. To complete the divorce process, you will need to resolve all of the issues involved in ending this partnership.
You may be able to work together to cooperatively resolve divorce issues, either by negotiating a settlement with the assistance of your respective attorneys or by using mediation. However, if you cannot reach an agreement on some or all of the outstanding issues, you may need to resolve these matters through litigation. The issues that you may need to address during the divorce process include:
Once your divorce is complete, a divorce decree or judgment will be issued, and both you and your ex-spouse will be required to follow its terms. However, if your circumstances change in the years following the end of your marriage, you may be able to ask for a post-divorce modification. Circumstances could include changes in jobs or income level of either spouse or in the medical or educational needs of the child(ren).
If you are not yet ready to legally end your marriage, you may want to consider separating from your spouse on either a temporary or permanent basis. You can petition for a legal separation, which is similar to filing for divorce. This will allow you to make decisions about how issues such as property division, child custody, and spousal support will be handled during the separation, but you and your spouse will remain legally married.
If either of you decides to pursue divorce at some point, many of the decisions in your separation agreement can be incorporated into your divorce settlement, and this may allow you to avoid some of the conflict involved in the divorce process.
Whether you are preparing for divorce or have already begun the divorce process, you need an experienced and dedicated divorce lawyer on your side. Our attorneys can answer your questions, help you understand your rights and requirements, and work with you to complete your divorce successfully.