Contemplating getting a divorce? You may have heard stories from family or friends detailing what happens during Illinois divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, while they are well-meaning, much of what they say is likely to be either outdated or downright false. Rather than rely on myths, get the facts from an experienced Chicago divorce attorney.
The Illinois Statutes have undergone dramatic changes in recent years, particularly when it comes to divorce proceedings. Even if information shared by friends, family, and coworkers is based on facts and their own experiences, it is not likely to apply in your current case. The following are four of the most common myths about getting a divorce, and the truth regarding what you should actually expect:
This is one of the most common myths and can discourage you from taking action in ending your marriage. The fact is that when filing a divorce petition through the Cook County Court or in other jurisdictions throughout the state, you can obtain a final order, regardless of whether your spouse agrees to it or participates in proceedings. In fact, they can be penalized for failing to respond, resulting in a more favorable outcome in your case.
Previously, divorces in Illinois were filed on the basis of fault grounds, such as adultery, abandonment, and abuse. Even prior to recent changes, there was still the option of getting a simplified, ‘no-fault’ divorce. However, bring any marital misconduct that has occurred to the attention of your divorce attorney immediately, as it can impact your rights regarding a settlement.
This is simply not true. You have a right to an equitable portion of all property and assets earned, acquired, or otherwise accumulated over the course of your marriage, regardless of the name in which they are titled. This includes homes, cars, personal belongings, money in bank accounts, and even your spouse’s retirement benefits.
While a ‘do-it-yourself’ divorce is possible, it is likely to cost you more money in the long run. Our Illinois divorce attorneys can ensure all legal documents are filed properly, avoiding additional fees, and that you get the maximum amount you are entitled to in any settlements.
Myths and misinformation can negatively impact you when filing for divorce. Get the facts from The Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group. Call or contact our Illinois divorce attorneys online 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.
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