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Lake in the Hills, Illinois

Divorce Attorney

Ending a marriage is a separation of a couple, but also a separation of families, friends, finances, properties, lifestyles, and future aspirations. At such a difficult time, it can be challenging to move forward with your life. That’s where we come in.

While it is understandable to feel overwhelmed and conflicted, it’s important to pick a solid divorce attorney to advocate for you and your future. This is why it is essential to work with local, experienced, and compassionate attorneys who will listen to you and vigorously fight for your rights and interests.

At Diamond Divorce Law, we understand the complexities of divorce and are here to help you navigate this challenging time. Learn more about how we can assist you below.

What are Divorce Proceedings like in Lake in the Hills, Illinois?

Divorce proceedings in Lake in the Hills, Illinois generally follow a similar process to those in other states. Here is an overview of the divorce process in Illinois:

  • Filing for Divorce: The first step in getting a divorce in Illinois is to file a petition for dissolution of marriage with the court in the county where you or your spouse lives. Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you don’t have to prove fault (such as adultery or cruelty) to get a divorce. You simply need to state that irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
  • Serving the Petition: Once the petition is filed, you will need to have your spouse served with a copy of the petition and a summons. This can be done by a sheriff or a private process server.
  • Response: Your spouse will have 30 days to respond to the petition. If your spouse fails to respond, you can ask the court for a default judgment, which means that you will likely get everything you asked for in the petition.
  • Discovery: After the petition and response have been filed, both parties will have the opportunity to request and exchange information about assets, debts, income, and other relevant information.
  • Negotiation: Once both parties have a clear understanding of the relevant information, they may try to negotiate a settlement. This can be done through mediation, collaborative law, or other methods of alternative dispute resolution.
  • Trial: If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will go to trial. The judge will hear evidence and make a decision on the issues that are in dispute, such as property division, child custody, and support.
  • Finalizing the Divorce: If a settlement is reached or the judge makes a decision at trial, the divorce can be finalized. The final divorce decree will outline the terms of the settlement or the judge’s decision.
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If you are considering a divorce in Illinois, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced family law attorney to help guide you through the process.

What is a Contentious Divorce?

Divorce proceedings often go more smoothly when those involved are able to calmly discuss terms and requirements.

However, often cases fall into the contentious divorce category. These are divorces that are marked by high levels of conflict and disagreement between the spouses. In a contentious divorce, the spouses are often unable to reach a settlement on the key issues, such as property division, child custody, and support, and the case may go to trial.

Contentious divorce negotiations can take up a lot of time and unfortunately drag out the legal process. This is why we always encourage cooperation and communication between both parties when possible. The more cooperation, the more easily we can get the results you want and with less expense.

Negotiations usually involve topics such as these:

  • Division of property (real estate, investments, money)
  • Division of debt
  • Maintenance (also known as alimony or spousal support)
  • Parental responsibilities/Child support

While peaceful negotiation can often resolve divorce disputes, it may not always be possible—and we understand. However in situations where an agreement cannot be reached, the case may proceed to trial. This is why it is crucial to have attorneys who are well-versed in the legal system of Lake in the Hills, and who are passionate about fighting for your interests. Diamond Divorce will provide you with the aggressive representation you need to protect your rights in court.

What Make Diamond Divorce the Right Choice?

At Diamond Divorce, we understand that divorce is a complicated process. There’s no way to avoid painful and personal issues, therefore it’s super important to work with an attorney you can trust.

We understand that our job is to do more than just fight your case, but to support you through it.

With decades of experience in family law, Diamond Divorce Law is committed to providing you with the guidance you need to navigate the divorce process. We believe that effective communication is key, and take the time to actively listen to your concerns and goals. By understanding your unique circumstances, we can help you create a plan that aligns with your personal and financial objectives, while always advocating for your rights and interests.

Our team of family lawyers are highly skilled in both litigation and negotiation, and are well-versed in Illinois divorce law and trial law. We are equipped to handle everything from simple uncontested matters to complex cases that require a courtroom trial. Whatever your situation, our attorneys are ready to provide you with the closure and resolution you are seeking.

Contact Our Lake in the Hills Divorce Attorneys today

Our lawyers are here to help you take the next step. With our 40+ years of family law experience, Diamond Divorce Law has navigated hundreds of cases to the other side of this stressful process. We’re a local firm so come stop by and meet the team! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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