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What Not to Do When Getting a Divorce

As experienced Chicago divorce attorneys, many of the questions we hear from clients concerns what to do when getting a divorce in Illinois. In many cases, knowing what not to do can be just as important. Find out five things to avoid when going through Illinois divorce proceedings. 

Five Things to Avoid When Getting a Divorce in Illinois

Dealing with the breakup of a marriage and filing for divorce through the Cook County Domestic Relations Court can be a challenging process. At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, our Illinois divorce attorneys aim at resolving your case in the most timely manner possible while making sure you are updated and informed on the progress. 

During this time, you can reach out with any questions or concerns and to consult with us first, before taking certain actions. The following are five specific things to avoid, which could end up jeopardizing your divorce and the outcome of any settlements: 

  1. Avoid dating during your divorce.

Dating during divorce could work against you in terms of a settlement. It is technically considered adultery and under the  Illinois Statutes, could jeopardize your rights in regards to marital property division and alimony. 

  1. Avoid negotiating with your spouse without your attorney present.

Even if you and your spouse are on relatively good terms, avoid attempting to reason with them or trying to negotiate a final settlement on your own. Information you provide or comments you make could jeopardize your rights in regards to property, assets, and children. In general, any type of communication with your ex is discouraged without your attorney present. 

  1. Think carefully before reconciling.

It is not uncommon during divorce proceedings to feel a sense of nostalgia about your marriage or to consider wanting to reconcile with your spouse. However, this will prevent you from being able to bring up prior marital misconduct in future divorce proceedings. 

  1. Avoid posting about your case on social media.

Generally, when involved in any type of legal proceedings, it is best to temporarily refrain from posting on social media. Your safest bet is to disable these accounts until your case is resolved. 

  1. Do not ignore any legal notices or summons you receive.

We cannot emphasize the importance of maintaining ongoing and frequent contact with our office and your divorce attorney. Notify us immediately if you receive any correspondence from your spouse’s attorney or the court. 

Consult With Our Chicago Divorce Attorneys Today

As experienced Chicago area divorce attorneys, we can advise you on what not to do when getting a divorce. We encourage you to contact The Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group right away to request a confidential consultation. 

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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