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Do I Actually Need to Hire a Lawyer For My Illinois Divorce?

Posted on in Divorce

Kendall, County Family Law Divorce AttorneyFor many people, going through a divorce is a bittersweet experience. However, going through a divorce is also an experience that requires a good deal of level-headed decision-making, which does not always go hand-in-hand with times of stress. While there are many ways to get a divorce, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is whether or not you hire a lawyer to assist you with your divorce process. Some people are attracted to the extremely low price tag of a “do-it-yourself” or “DIY” divorce, as the only fees you pay are filing fees and court costs. However, getting a divorce is a very complex process and the decisions you make can end up affecting nearly every part of your life.

Pertinent Reasons to Work With a Divorce Attorney

Technically, you are not required to have a lawyer when you file for divorce. It is completely legal for you to fill the forms out yourselves, file them, and appear before the judge in the final prove-up just the two of you. However, doing so could result in one of the biggest mistakes of your life. Hiring an attorney when you get a divorce is a smart move in protecting your rights and ensuring the process is done correctly. Here are a few other benefits to having the support of an attorney during your divorce:

  • They are intimately familiar with family law and can help you protect your rights during the divorce process.

  • An attorney can relieve some of the stress and anxiety that can come along with the legal process of divorce.

  • They will ensure all of the forms are filled out correctly and filed promptly with the court.

  • Your attorney will make sure you and your spouse have discussed all important and pertinent topics that you may have otherwise overlooked, such as how you will each contribute to your childrens’ college funds or how you will distribute your retirement funds.

  • Your attorney will draft your divorce contract in legal terms and will make sure everything you have agreed to is written into the contract.

Consult With Our Geneva, IL Divorce Attorney

One of the only situations in which it may not make sense to hire a divorce attorney is if you and your spouse did not have any children, any joint assets and agree to relinquish your right to spousal support or maintenance. However, most divorce cases involve both children and assets that need to be dealt with, a process that can be made much simpler with help from a skilled Kendall County divorce lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. today to schedule a time to discuss your case with our attorney. Call our office at 630-409-8184 to set up an initial consultation.  




The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.


1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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