In any divorce case, there are important legal issues that must be resolved before a final order can be issued. In even the most amicable of situations, conflicts over these issues are likely to arise during divorce proceedings. These have the potential to impact your relationships with others and your future financial security, as well as your physical and mental health. While you may not be able to avoid divorce-related conflicts completely, there are ways you can minimize the effect they have on you and your divorce case.
Guidelines for getting a divorce are listed under the Illinois Statutes. Referred to as the dissolution of marriage, these focus on resolving important issues such as division of marital property, spousal support, and parenting plans for children of the marriage.
Even in relatively simple cases, resolving these issues can be difficult. Conflicts often arise that can impact your final order and the amount of time it takes to resolve your case. The following are five ways you can minimize conflicts:
It can be frustrating dealing with all the legal requirements and timelines pertaining to divorce. However, not complying with state laws and Cook County divorce court procedures will only hurt your case. Respect the process and follow your divorce attorney’s instructions closely.
While it is natural to have hard feelings regarding the ending of your marriage, attempting to ‘get even’ with your spouse or wanting to make them suffer during divorce proceedings can backfire on you.
Your spouse may engage in bad behavior during your divorce, such as picking fights or making threats. They may also attempt to sweet talk you into signing a settlement that is not in your best interests. Do not take the bait. Instead, report all interactions immediately to your attorney.
Anything you say or do during divorce proceedings can be used against you by your spouse. To avoid conflicts, communicate with them through your attorney and limit interactions outside of court.
Divorce represents a time of major change in your life. Give yourself some time to adjust. Make self-care a priority and get the support you need through friends, family, and professionals in the community.
At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, we provide the caring support and trusted legal guidance you need when going through divorce proceedings. To discuss how we can help in your case, contact our Chicago divorce attorneys and request a consultation today.
There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.