May 29, 2021
Goals help you focus on what you are striving for and want to achieve. You likely set them in your career, in matters pertaining to your finances, and in personal decisions that impact your life. Getting a divorce is no different. Once you have made the decision to end your marriage, sitting down and discussing your goals with our Chicago divorce attorney can clarify matters and helps to ensure you get what you want out of these proceedings.
One of the primary goals you need to determine in filing for divorce is how quickly you want a final order. If you and your spouse have been married just a short time and have no children or major assets, the process can be completed in as little as a few months. If you and your spouse have been married longer, are parents, or have disagreements over property and other divorce-related matters, this could delay a final order up to a year or longer.
In addition to the amount of time these proceedings take, other divorce-related goals you will want to consider include:
Under the Illinois Statutes, marital property and assets are divided on an equitable, though not necessarily even, basis. Is your goal to retain possession of the family home or certain other types of property? This can often be arranged through divorce negotiations.
In addition to marital property, marital debts are divided, as well. Based on financial affidavits you and your spouse submit, we can work with you to either eliminate marital debts or ensure amounts owed fit your budget.
Spousal support or alimony can help you regain your financial footing in the aftermath of a divorce. These payments can allow you to get the skills and training you need to reenter the workforce while maintaining the standard of living you enjoyed during your marriage.
In Illinois, parenting plans are used to determine the amount of time you get to spend with your child. They will also help in determining any child support that must be paid.
The above are just a few of the issues that can arise during a divorce. To discuss your situation and your goals in terms of the outcome, reach out to the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group. Call or contact our Chicago divorce attorneys online to schedule a consultation today.