The Divorce Process In Illinois

Barrington Divorce Attorney

Richard W. Culver, Ltd., located in Barrington, Illinois, provides forthright and objective assessments, personalized attention, and representation throughout the divorce process. Consider Richard W. Culver, Ltd. to help protect and safeguard your legal rights and financial interests during divorce. With so much at stake, examine the benefits of hiring a trusted Barrington divorce attorney.

The Divorce Process:

When did you begin thinking about the possibility of divorce? Weeks ago? Or months ago? Or years ago? During the divorce process, Richard W. Culver, Ltd. can help you to reduce the uncertainty about your rights, interests, and obligations; the uncertainty about legal issues involving your minor child or children; the uncertainty about finances, assets, and property; and the uncertainty about the future.

Understanding the Time Frame for the Divorce Process in Illinois:

A divorce/dissolution of marriage is a gradual process, rather than a single event. From the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage to the entry of a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, the time frame for the divorce process in Illinois varies from case to case, usually depending on, among other things, the complexity of the legal issues and whether the parties are able to agree on the outstanding legal issues. At Richard W. Culver, Ltd., we can help you understand the progressive sequence regarding the divorce process.

Please know that attorney Blake Austin Culver at Richard W. Culver, Ltd. will listen and strive to understand a client's diverse emotional states throughout the divorce process.

Preliminary Pleadings:

Usually, the preliminary pleadings in a divorce case are the following: Petition for Dissolution of Marriage; Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage; and, if necessary, Reply to Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

Investigating Financial Matters throughout the Discovery Process:

Throughout the discovery process in a divorce case, both parties must make a true and correct disclosure of assets and properties, in which each party has any interest. The discovery process may involve the utilization of matrimonial interrogatories, requests for production, subpoenas, and depositions. For more information, click Property Distribution.

Proceeding to Hearings:

During the divorce process, hearings for temporary relief may occur. For more information, see Temporary Relief, Temporary Exclusive Possession of the Marital Residence, and Hearings.

Negotiating and Reaching a Possible Settlement:

During settlement negotiations in a divorce or dissolution of marriage case, many legal issues may be discussed, including, but not limited to, Parental Responsibility/Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Maintenance, and Property Distribution.

If possible, both parties may reach an agreement on the outstanding legal issues, and the Marital Settlement Agreement will be presented to the Court. If the Court approves the agreement, a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage will be entered, whereby the bonds of matrimony existing between the parties are dissolved, ending the legal marriage. A Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage usually incorporates the parties' Marital Settlement Agreement.

Scheduling a Pre-Trial Conference:

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on the outstanding legal issues, then a pre-trial conference may be scheduled before the Court. At the pre-trial conference, the respective attorneys for the parties may submit all the outstanding legal issues to the Court for the Court's recommendations.

Proceeding to Trial:

If negotiation and the pre-trial conference are not successful, then the divorce/dissolution of marriage case will proceed to trial. Trial involves, among other things, the presentation of evidence, the introduction of exhibits, and the questioning of witnesses. At the conclusion of the trial, the Court will decide the divorce/dissolution of marriage case.

Usually, trial is a lengthy and expensive process for obtaining a divorce/dissolution of marriage.

Appealing the Decision:

After trial, and within certain time limits, either or both parties may appeal the Court's decision pertaining to a divorce/dissolution of marriage case to a higher Court. For more information regarding the appeal process, see Appeals.

Due to the complexity of the divorce process and its significant legal implications, it is prudent to seek the council of a dedicated matrimonial and family law attorney. Richard W. Culver, Ltd. can help you protect your best interests and learn more about the divorce process, including the filing of, or the responding to, a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.

Contact a Barrington Divorce Attorney at Richard W. Culver, Ltd.

If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to the divorce process, call Richard W. Culver, Ltd. at 847-382-2900 or complete the contact form to arrange a confidential consultation. At Richard W. Culver, Ltd., evening and weekend appointments are available in order to accommodate clients' schedules. Review seven tips for your initial consultation with a divorce attorney.