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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

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134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

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Naperville Contested and Uncontested Divorce LawyerWhen considering divorce, people are often concerned about two main points: the disruption that they and their children will experience in their lives and how much the divorce will cost. While one cannot overlook or discount the emotional pain that comes with the end of a marriage, financial issues can also be an important components of a divorce case. The costs involved in a divorce can vary significantly depending on the situation and the couple involved. Many circumstances, such as difficulties with the division of assets, can increase the overall cost of a divorce. Contentious divorces typically cost more than amicable ones. In short, couples who are concerned about the cost of divorce are encouraged to look for ways and opportunities to minimize their expenses.

Litigation Versus Negotiation

One of the biggest factors that can be controlled in a divorce is the choice to resolve issues as amicably as possible. Divorces that are litigated in the courtroom tend to be more costly than those that are negotiated, but even a mediated divorce can become quite pricey - especially if the negotiation process does not work out. However, in most cases, couples can reduce the costs of divorce by negotiating a settlement outside of the courtroom.

Dividing Marital Assets

During divorce, spouses must divide their assets and belongings according to what is considered “fair and equitable.” Of course, the idea of what is fair can be subjective. What one spouse might consider equitable may seem disproportionate to another - particularly if one spouse chose to stay home to care for the couple's children or suffered from health-related issues that kept them out of the workplace. This is just one example of why it is important to have an attorney who can protect your interests in the division of marital assets.

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Bloomingdale alternative dispute resolution attorneyJust as every relationship and marriage is unique, so too is every divorce. While some couples may choose to split amicably, with almost no signs of contention, others may struggle with hostility, arguments, and conflict. In some cases, people may be floored by the vengeful nature of their soon to be ex-spouse. Thankfully, there is a solution for every situation, and it is important to understand which divorce option may be best for you.

Mediation Versus Litigation

There are two basic ways to handle a divorce: mediation or litigation. Mediation (a common form of alternative dispute resolution) is a process in which the parties attempt to come to an agreement regarding the details of their divorce. A third-party mediator will work as a non-biased facilitator who will not make decisions for the spouses, but who will guide them toward reaching a compromise on any outstanding legal issues they need to address. While a mediator may help the parties understand how the law applies to their situation, they will typically not offer legal advice. For this reason, even when using mediation, you should hire your own divorce attorney who can explain your rights and ensure that your divorce settlement will meet your needs.

Litigation is the more “traditional” divorce route, as it involves the parties going to court and pleading their case before a judge. Both sides will have a chance to argue for why their wishes should be followed regarding issues such as property division or child custody. The judge will then make a ruling, determining how to resolve financial issues in a fair and equitable manner and deciding child-related issues based on what is in children's best interests. Whatever the decision may be, each party must abide by the ruling. Either party may file an appeal if they believe that errors were made during the divorce trial that resulted in an unjust judgment.

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Naperville Divorce AttorneyFacing an impending divorce can raise multiple concerns for both parties, especially when special circumstances arise that can further complicate the process. Arguments over parenting time or the inability to agree on other crucial issues, such as property division and alimony, are just a few examples of problems that often surface between a divorcing couple. Financial matters, in particular, are a major landmine for many separating spouses, as months or years of shared investments, purchases, and accounts have accumulated and must now be divided. Monetary concerns do not necessarily have to increase the tension between you and your spouse, however. Preparation is key to sorting out financial decisions during your divorce. 

Creating a Foundation for Financial Negotiations 

Even if you have not had the time to take stock of your finances before pursuing a divorce, there are still plenty of steps you can take that can provide a clearer picture of what you are working with, what your challenges will be moving forward, and how you can stay organized throughout the divorce process. The following tips can help tackle monetary issues that may be associated with your divorce:

  • Create a financial snapshot - The most vital part of addressing finances in a divorce is taking stock of what you are working with in terms of accounts, debts, and investments. Create a list of every account you have - both joint and separate - and total up your assets and debts. Do not forget to include any insurance policies you share, as well as real estate deeds, wills, or trusts. Initially, it may be overwhelming to take a hard look at the bulk of the financial obligations and investments you and your spouse share, but once you have taken inventory, you will have a starting point to work from.

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Naperville divorce mediation attorneyPredicting the types of conflicts you may experience throughout your divorce process can be difficult, if not impossible. Sometimes, you do not know trouble is brewing until a particular issue is discussed and suddenly spawns an argument that seems unmanageable. Many couples experience nothing but smooth sailing during the first stages of divorce, only to find later that buried tensions have morphed into a series of toxic interactions. Whether you have been fortunate enough to have an amicable separation thus far or are dealing with a contentious divorce, exploring mediation as a tool to help achieve a peaceful dissolution of marriage can be beneficial for both parties. 

Conflicts That Can Be Better Resolved With Mediation 

Divorce stirs up an array of emotions for everyone involved, often triggering irrational exchanges and heated responses between both parties. If tension starts to build or conversations cannot be conducted civilly, mediation may be the best resolution. Utilizing a trained professional to negotiate the terms of your divorce can help reduce stress, allowing you to reach an agreement that both parties can be satisfied with. Some common points of dispute that can be resolved with the help of a mediator include:

  • Parenting plan disagreements - The purpose of a parenting plan in the state of Illinois is to allocate specific parental responsibilities to each parent, so that both parties have a clear understanding of their role in the child’s life. Although a parenting plan serves to protect the best interests of the child, creating one can be tricky. Disagreements about important issues, such as parenting time (visitation), education, healthcare, and religious beliefs, can be resolved through mediation.

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Bloomingdale guardianship attorney

Under Illinois law, a person other than a child's legal parent may be appointed to act as their legal guardian. While guardianship is considered a separate type of legal proceeding from the dissolution of marriage, the issue may arise when a minor child's legal parent is going through a divorce. Guardianship can be sought by grandparents, even when the legal parents are not divorcing or planning to end their marriage.

Why a Grandparent May Need Guardianship

There are many reasons why a grandparent may need guardianship. The grandparent may be taking care of the minor child after the divorce of the child's parents, and they may need the legal authority to make decisions that affect the child’s life. For example, legal guardianship may be required to include the child in the grandparent’s insurance coverage or to register the child in school.

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