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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois parenting time and responsibilities lawyer,You would not think so, but some divorces are amicable and calm, mostly because the divorce was not contested and both spouses were in agreement about issues pertaining to the divorce. Though that is the perfect idea of a divorce, we do not live in a perfect world and more often than not, there is some sort of fighting and disagreement during the divorce process. In severe cases, the divorcing couple cannot stand to be in the same room as each other, making for a very high-conflict divorce. If you are experiencing a high-conflict divorce, here are a few tips you can use to help you cope.

Create Boundaries

The first step in dealing with a high-conflict spouse and a high-conflict divorce is setting boundaries for the new relationship you will have. Whether these boundaries are with your co-parenting relationship, the communication between the two of you or any other issue, boundaries are essential. Create them and stick to them.

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reasonsNothing lasts forever and in this day and age, marriages are included in that saying. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 36 percent of couples experience some form of marital disruption by their tenth year of marriage. By the time couples have been married for at least 20 years, that percentage jumps to 53 percent. Though those numbers seem high, some researchers have actually said that the U.S. divorce rate is declining. So why is the rate of marital disruption so high? Here are a few of the most commonly cited reasons that couples get a divorce. Marrying at a Young Age You have heard it before -- getting married too young is not a good idea. Many studies have shown that couples who get married when they are teens or young adults tend to have a higher divorce rate than couples who get married in their late 20s or early 30s. Infidelity This one is perhaps one of the more well-known reasons for getting a divorce. Cheating on your spouse can be the kiss of death for a marriage. When one spouse cheats on another, the trust between the two of them is broken and if you are already experiencing a weak sense of trust, cheating may be the end. Addiction and/or Substance Abuse Another commonly-cited reason for divorce is one spouse’s drug or alcohol use. When you are addicted to something, it consumes your mind and life. A partner who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can destroy the family and be the last straw for some couples. Financial Problems Many couples therapists say that one of the main reasons couples seek therapy is for financial issues. Many couples also say that money problems were the reason for their divorce. When couples do not agree on the way money should be handled, arguments can become heated and divorces can result.

Have You Been Thinking About Getting a Divorce? Talk to an Aurora, IL Divorce Attorney

 There are many reasons why people choose to get a divorce, but in the state of Illinois, you do not have to state a reason on your divorce forms. If you have been thinking about getting a divorce, you should talk to a DuPage County divorce lawyer. At the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C., we understand that making the decision to get a divorce is a big one that should not be taken lightly. Contact our office today to begin discussing your options. To set up a consultation, call us at 630-409-8184.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, life after divorce,Marriage is not easy. It takes a lot of work, effort, and persistence to make a marriage work, but sometimes it does not matter how hard you try -- you are destined to divorce. According to the National Survey of Family Growth, more than 20 percent of first marriages end in divorce within the first five years and 48 percent of marriages end before they hit 20 years. Divorce is an emotionally stressful and trying process, but sometimes it is one of the best things you can do for you and your spouse. Instead of making life as difficult as possible for both you and your soon-to-be ex, you should try focusing on making your split as healthy and smooth as possible.

Cooperate and Communicate

When you begin the divorce process, you will probably feel a flood of emotions, like anger, grief, and depression. When emotions are running this high, it is easy for you to do and say things that can negatively affect the divorce process. Remember, your emotions are valid, but how you handle them is important. Make sure you maintain an open line of communication with your spouse and remember that cooperation is key.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois collaborative divorce lawyerIt is no secret that divorce is difficult. What some people do not know is that there is more than one way you can get a divorce. From DIY divorces to mediated divorces, there is a process that fits almost everyone’s situation. One type of divorce -- a collaborative divorce -- can be beneficial to the entire family. A collaborative divorce is one in which both spouses sign an agreement stating that neither of them will go to court and will instead determine solutions to their problems through meetings with attorneys, financial advisers, child specialists, and other professionals. There are many reasons to choose a collaborative divorce over a traditional litigated divorce, but here are just a few:

  1. You can actually end up saving money with a collaborative divorce. Traditional litigated divorces can end up costing you four times as much as a collaborative divorce would cost. While you do end up hiring more people to help you complete your divorce, the trained specialists actually help you complete your divorce quicker and with less arguing. Plus, you are saving on countless hours of lawyers fees and court costs.
  2. You get to complete the divorce on your own timeline. When you are going through a collaborative divorce, you are settling your issues in multiple meetings -- not in court. You can pick and choose when you want to have the meetings and how quickly you settle on certain subjects. A collaborative divorce typically takes an average of 18 weeks to complete, which is a quarter of the time a litigated divorce takes.
  3. It can be easier on both you and your family. The goal of collaborative divorce is for the divorce process to be as efficient, positive and painless as possible. There is typically less stress during a collaborative divorce, because as the name suggests, collaborative divorce requires collaboration between spouses. Less fighting and arguing between mom and dad makes for a happier and less stressful family.
  4. You get to make your own solutions to your problems. One of the main reasons to consider getting a collaborative divorce is the ability you have to create your own destiny. Because you are settling issues outside of the courtroom, you have the ability to make your own decisions and not have a judge make them for you. You get to work with your spouse and your team of professionals to come up with solutions to your problems that are custom tailored to your family.

Get in Touch With a Trained DuPage County Collaborative Divorce Attorney

If you think that a collaborative divorce may be right for you, the first thing you need to do is to meet with an experienced Aurora, IL collaborative divorce lawyer. At the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C., we understand that a divorce is not easy, no matter what the method of divorce is. By choosing us to help you complete your collaborative divorce, you can have peace of mind knowing we have experience with multiple collaborative divorce cases. Call our office today at 630-409-8184 to schedule a consultation.

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resolutionWe all know how most New Year’s resolutions work -- you come up with grandiose ideas about how you will change and be different, you follow them for about a month and then you go back to your same old routines. While keeping resolutions can be difficult, there is no better time to take a look at your life and do a little introspection and self-reflection than the beginning of a new year, especially if you are recently divorced or you are looking to begin the divorce process. Divorces can be messy and difficult, but keep these few New Year’s resolutions in mind and you could come out of your divorce on top. Let Go of Your Anger and Make a Point to Be Happy A divorce can cause you to feel many emotions, including anger, fury, contempt, and hate. It can be one of the hardest things to do, but once you let go of your anger, you will find that you will be much more relaxed and that it will be easier for you to be happy. Instead of taking your anger out on your ex, release your anger and forgive your ex for anything they might have done. It will be in your family’s best interest for you to move on. Focus on Improving Communication with Your Ex You have probably heard it many times before, but communication is key, especially when it comes to co-parenting. Being a single parent is tough, but being a single parent who has to coordinate with an ex who they do not get along with is even tougher. Your kids (and you) will have an easier time with custody transitions if you and your ex can communicate effectively. Make a Point to Spend Quality Time with Your Children Though you may have your kids a majority of the time or even the same amount of time as your ex, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Making time for your children is extremely important after a divorce because now every moment you spend with them is more precious than ever. Focus on your children and make sure that they feel loved and accepted -- more than they ever have before. Hire an Aurora, IL Divorce Attorney to Help You Through Your Divorce

Divorces can be confusing and messy, both of which are not traits you want to associate with your new life. Whether you are just starting to think about a divorce, you want to begin the divorce process or you are in the middle of the divorce process, at the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C., we can help you with all aspects of the divorce. Keeping New Year’s resolutions can be tough, but with help from our knowledgeable DuPage County divorce lawyers, sticking to your resolutions will be a breeze. Call our office today at 630-409-8184 to set up a consultation.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, life after divorce,No matter the situation, getting a divorce is a big life change. Even if you were only married for a couple of years, getting divorced changes almost everything about your life. Though you may feel that you are ready for a divorce (and you probably are) you may not exactly be prepared for what is to come. There are certain things that you do not expect to experience when you get divorced and there are things that may not have even crossed your mind before. Everyone has different circumstances when it comes to divorce and everyone will experience the divorce differently, but there are a few things you should know about life after divorce. Even if you are the one who initiated the divorce, you will probably still feel a sense of loss. Even though divorce is the legal process of separating yourself from your spouse, it is also very much an emotional process. Many people underestimate just how much of a transition a divorce really is. You are changing everything from your living situation to your financial situation - it is understandable for you to feel things like loss, sadness, grief, and disappointment. These are all emotions many people experience in their life after divorce. If you have children, you do not get to ignore your ex. Just because you are getting divorced does not mean that you get to part ways and never see your ex again, especially if you have children. You and your spouse will forever be linked by your children and that is something you must come to terms with. Even when your children are grown adults and no longer are under you or your spouse’s care, you will still have that link. Divorce might affect your children in ways that are apparent through their behaviors. There is no one way that divorce will affect your children. Just like adults, all children are different and all children will have different reactions to a divorce. Your kids will not always tell you that the divorce is bothering them or that they have certain feelings about the stress a divorce can bring. Sometimes, your children’s behaviors will be the telltale signs that the stress is getting to them.

Holidays will be difficult for years to come.

No matter what holidays you celebrate, holidays mean family. When you are going through a divorce, your family situation is changing and many people who you were accustomed to seeing you will not see again. Holidays can be difficult for anyone, but they can be particularly difficult for those who are divorced. If you have children, chances are you will not be able to spend every holiday every year with them. An experienced Aurora, IL divorce lawyer can be extremely beneficial during the divorce process.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,There is no way around it - getting a divorce will be difficult at times, stressful during the divorce proceedings and emotionally demanding during most of the process. A divorce is the legal separation of you and your spouse, but it goes much deeper than that - divorce is also the emotional separation of you and your spouse and the end of your relationship. It is only normal for you to go through a mourning period, but there are things that you can do to make your divorce go as smoothly as possible, ultimately saving you a lot of pain and distress.

  1. Think of Your Divorce as a Business Transaction

Though it will be difficult, emotionally distancing yourself from your relationship will help you immensely. Marriage is just a legal contract that you entered into with your spouse - now you are getting out of that contract, which is the divorce. Try to treat the process like you would treat a severing of a business relationship - your heart will thank you.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,Those who have gone through a divorce will tell you that it is no easy feat. In addition to all of the logistics of a divorce, it also comes with emotional worries and changes, especially to children. Children are usually flexible and good adapters, so most children are fine after a short period of reassurance from their parents. In order to ensure that your child understands the divorce and transitions to their new life, it is important that you understand how to talk to your children about the divorce. Here are five tips that might make telling your kids a bit easier:

  1. Choose the Right Time to Tell Them

Timing is everything. If you and your spouse are just fighting, do not tell your kids that you are getting a divorce because you threatened one in a fight. Kids can be sensitive about divorce, so until your divorce is finalized or close to being finalized, you should hold off on the conversation.

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divorceIn a divorce, things can get ugly and they can get ugly fast. Once you have made the decision to separate from your spouse, the last thing you want to do is spend months, even years, arguing with them over certain things, attending court hearings, and waiting for the courts to finalize everything. This is the case for many couples who cannot come to an agreement on things. When you make the decision to divorce, you want the divorce to go as quickly and as smoothly as possible. This is where a joint simplified dissolution of marriage may come in handy. What Is a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage?

This type of divorce is an uncontested divorce, meaning there are not any points of disagreement or argument between the two parties who are getting divorced. Generally, for the divorce to be uncontested, both spouses have to agree on:

  • Division of the marital property;
  • Spousal support;
  • How marital debts will be paid off; and
  • Any other issue arising from the marriage.
A joint simplified dissolution is entered into willingly by both parties and essentially expedites your divorce, but there is a catch - not all couples can use the simplified version of divorce. Qualifications for a Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act states that the only couples who are eligible to use this process are couples who meet all of the following set of criteria:

  • Neither spouse is dependent on the other for support;
  • Both spouses waive their rights to support;
  • At least one spouse has been a resident of the state of Illinois for at least six months prior to the divorce petition;
  • Proof of irreconcilable differences has been met;
  • No children were born of the relationship, the couple did not adopt a child and the wife is not pregnant with the husband’s child;
  • The marriage did not last longer than eight years;
  • Neither spouse has property or retirement benefits, or the retirement benefits are held in separate accounts and are less than $10,000 in value;
  • The total value of all marital property is less than $50,000;
  • The combined gross annual income from all sources is less than $60,000 and neither spouse makes over $30,000 annually;
  • Both spouses have disclosed all of their assets, liabilities and tax returns during the marriage;
  • Both spouses have formed a written agreement dictating the division of assets, debts, and liabilities; and
  • Both parties have agreed upon who is responsible for any companion animals.
Contact a Skilled Kendall County Divorce Lawyer

Although not all couples are eligible for a joint simplified dissolution, some couples are. Joint simplified dissolutions are the easiest and quickest way to get an uncontested divorce finalized. If you think that you might qualify for a simplified dissolution, or if you are unsure if you qualify, you should contact an Aurora divorce attorney to discuss your situation. The Law Offices of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. can help you figure out the best way to file for your situation. To set up a consultation, call the office at 630-409-8184.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer,It has often been said that breaking up is hard to do. This can be especially true if you are getting a divorce, which has emotional and financial impacts, not to mention the life upheaval it brings. Not all divorces have to be full-on feuds, though. A form of alternative dispute resolutions, a collaborative divorce is designed to keep the peace between separating spouses and come out on the other side with a settlement that is mutually agreeable. What Is Collaborative Divorce?

The theory behind a collaborative divorce is that both spouses will work together (or collaborate) to come to an agreement that they can both be satisfied with. Both spouses have their own lawyers, much like a traditional litigated divorce. Rather than deciding issues in court, the collaborative process takes place in private meetings between the two spouses and their lawyers where the group negotiates their issues, rather than having a judge decide their outcomes. Collaborative divorce begins with both spouses sign an agreement stating that they will:

  • Not go to court;
  • Be honest with one another and foster communication; and
  • Take a problem-solving approach to their divorce.
Collaborative Law Professionals

In addition to their separate attorneys, couples who are using the collaborative model for divorce also have a team of trained professionals to guide them through the different issues that a divorce comes with. These professionals might include:

  • A financial planner;
  • A child psychologist;
  • A family therapist;
  • A real estate broker; and
  • A parenting coordinator.
Financial Benefits of Collaborative Divorce There are many benefits of a collaborative divorce, such as increased control over your outcomes, a speedier timeline and much less stress and anxiety than a litigated divorce. One benefit that not many people think about is that it can be financially smart, too. Litigated divorces often add up in costs very quickly. In a litigated divorce, you are responsible for all court costs and fees every time you appear in court to decide an issue. With collaborative law, you decide all of your issues before you step foot in a courtroom. Contact a Trained Naperville Collaborative Divorce Lawyer

Collaborative divorce can greatly reduce the strain and emotional impact that divorce has on a person. Because of the nature of collaborative divorce, spouses are required to work together to solve their issues--not fight about them. This creates a more communicative nature between the spouses, which increases the likelihood of successful post-divorce outcomes. Your first step in beginning the collaborative divorce process is finding a Kendall County collaborative divorce attorney. The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. can help you take the first steps toward a fair divorce. To set up a consultation, call 630-409-8184.

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custodyDivorce is not a walk in the park--some divorce cases can become extremely nasty pretty quickly. Unfortunately, in cases where there is a lot of fighting between spouses, the children often get lost in the shuffle. The parents are so preoccupied with fighting with each other that the best interests of their children often get pushed to the bottom of the pile, even if it is unintentional. Illinois courts recognize that divorce can wreak havoc on the emotions of those going through the divorce process, so they have put measures into place to make sure that the best interests of the children involved in these divorce proceedings are kept at the forefront.

When Is a Child Representative Used?

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act states that any proceeding that deals with issues of support, visitation, custody, allocation of parental responsibilities, education, parentage, property interest or general welfare of a dependent child warrants a reason for the court to appoint a representative of some kind for the child involved in the hearing. There are three types of representation that is recognized in Illinois:

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer, attorney fees,There are a lot of things to think about when you get a divorce. There is the house, the kids, your bank accounts—you name it. When you get a divorce, your lawyers write up what is called a divorce settlement, a legal document that lays out all the terms of your marriage, who is allocated which property, how parental responsibilities are allocated and the terms of child support or spousal maintenance, if it is required.

All of these things can be difficult to negotiate and can leave you worrying if you are getting what you deserve. All of this worry turns into stress and when you are stressed, you are not yourself. Even though divorce can be tolling, it is important for you to remember to stay as calm as possible. Here are five tips to reduce stress during your divorce. Identify Your Stress Triggers Even though stress is a very predictable side effect of divorce, it is not healthy for you. Not only can it take a toll on your emotional health, your physical health is also at risk. Once you identify what the causes of your stress are, you can take steps to eliminate them or reduce their effect on you. Keep Up With Your Health During a divorce, you can forget to take care of yourself while you are wrapped up in other matters. Eating lots of healthy fruits and vegetables and making sure you are drinking plenty of water is a good way to help yourself feel physically well. It is also important that you get plenty of sleep and you exercise a few times a week. If you feel good physically, it will help you feel good emotionally. Talk with Others Keeping in touch with friends or family during your divorce is important--they can offer you the moral support that you need during this time in your life. This is also the time for you to cut toxic people out of your life so that you can be surrounded with positivity. Seeing a professional is also always an option if you feel you would benefit from sharing your thoughts with one. This can be a good way to vent about the stressors in your life. Set Realistic Expectations It is only natural and healthy that you set goals for yourself, but it is also important to remember that you should set these goals with your specific situation in mind. You should try to remember that you need to set realistic expectations for yourself and others in your life during your divorce. Setting unrealistic expectations can be a major source of stress if you do not accomplish what you hope to get done in the time that you wanted. Contact an Aurora Divorce Lawyer

It is not a secret--divorce is stressful. You are going through one of the most difficult times in your life and a lot of things in your future are uncertain. Even though divorce can be stressful by nature, it does not have to be. With the help of an experienced DuPage County divorce attorney, you can get the peace of mind that you need. Contact the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. to discuss your situation and easily move forward with your divorce. Call 630-409-8184 to schedule a consultation.

 

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer, attorney fees,Divorce is a fairly common thing in the United States, with the Illinois Department of Public Health reporting that 29,331 divorces were granted in the state of Illinois in 2016. Divorce can be a messy process, spanning months, or even years in difficult cases. There are many things to consider, like assets, money, debts and even children. The divorce process can be overwhelming, but with the help of a lawyer, it can be simplified. Filing a Petition

After you have made the decision to file for a divorce, the first step is to file what is called a petition. A petition is simply just the formal way of asking the court of the county where you reside for a divorce. Even if the divorce is a mutual agreement, one spouse must file the petition that will be served to the other. The petition will state the two individuals involved in the divorce, information about the residency requirements and the reason for the divorce. In Illinois, you qualify for divorce if you have lived in the state for more than 90 days. You can choose whether or not you want to state a reason for divorce or if you want to file a no-fault divorce. The state of Illinois recognizes the following as grounds for divorce:

  • Habitual mental cruelty;
  • Habitual physical cruelty;
  • Drug or alcohol abuse;
  • Willful desertion or abandonment for one year;
  • Adultery;
  • Infection with a sexually transmitted disease; and
  • Conviction of a felony.

Temporary Orders

The next step in filing for divorce is to gather and fill out all of the documents necessary to reconcile your separation. These forms are called temporary orders and they set rules for family and financial issues during the time that the divorce is being processed. These forms pertain to issues such as:

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Illinois custody attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,It is not uncommon for young couples to get married. In fact, it is almost expected. What seems far less familiar is when a young couple goes through divorce, even after only a few years of marriage. The hard reality is that, regardless of their age or how long they were married, when a couple realizes their marriage just is not working then the best course of action may well be divorce.

Divorcing While Still in Your Twenties

Divorce, regardless of at what age or length of the marriage, is no less emotional for the couple; the decision to end a relationship that was supposed to last forever is rarely easy. However, younger couples may find a smoother, post-divorce path, and when a marriage ends after only a few years, the process tends to be less drawn out for a few key reasons.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer, attorney fees,Frequently it happens that following a divorce one might find him or herself, not necessarily regretting their divorce, but perhaps wishing they had known more about the life they are about to enter. There are a variety of resources to consult, but be careful of the information you obtain, and from who or where you receive it.

For Your Consideration

There are so many variables when it comes to divorce, and while there is no, all-knowing crystal ball, there is enough information and anecdotal data to provide people with a map of the obstacles to be faced. Provided here are some descriptions of divorced-life hurdles, gathered from those who have experienced divorce:

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end-marriageThere are a lot of people out there who claim to be experts on a wide variety of matters. The truth is that more times than not, the most knowledgeable person on any issue is the one who has lived the experience. This holds for divorce, as there are certain things about ending your marriage and living as a divorced adult that only those who preceded you really understand.

Been There, Done That

It is no secret that even just considering a divorce is something that weighs heavily on one’s mind, as the lasting implications affect more than just the married couple and more than just the immediate household. Here is a list of issues that come with a divorce, from those who went through the process:

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody lawyer, attorney fees,When it comes to divorce, the laws pertaining to alimony, asset, and property division, child custody and support and other related issues can vary from state to state. The differences between one state and the other might be enough for some to take their divorce on a road trip.

Facts About Divorce in Illinois

While divorce laws tend to vary from state to state, it is important to know the laws that oversee such matters here in Illinois. Here is a quick summary of some of the basics.

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divorceOnce a person actually decides that their marriage is no longer salvageable, and a divorce is imminent, the next steps require time and research to find the right attorney and begin the process that will lead to a final and legal decree of divorce. However, a new program in Illinois was established to help reduce some of the time-consuming work that adds stress to the situation.

The Early Resolution Program

The Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the McHenry County Judicial Court to help fund the activity of its Early Resolution Program. The goal of this new initiative is to help those who require assistance starting their divorce process while making the entire experience more efficient. The Early Resolution Program was created to:
  • Help people find an attorney who will represent them in their divorce case.
  • Host monthly “problem solving” sessions to deal with procedural questions and paperwork.
  • Reduce legal costs and the number of steps in the divorce process.
  • Reduce the number of post-disposition hearings.
  • Work with divorce attorneys and other groups providing legal representation in divorce matters who will attend the monthly sessions and offer participating couples guidance and advice throughout the process.
The program is suited to help couples that have no children, no complex marital assets or debts, no pending orders of protection, and no pending matters of domestic violence. However, these problem-solving programs interactions between self-represented parties and the court are held frequently, but tend to be much less formal in nature. This process is designed to help couples work through the divorce process more quickly and, in some cases, receive a settlement judgment the same day as their session. A program such as this may help eliminate some of the fear that goes along with all the uncertainty when a couple begins to pursue divorce proceedings. However, it should not take the place of experienced legal representation when divorce matters take on or involve complex issues.

Find a DuPage County Divorce Attorney with Years of Experience to Represent You

Not every divorce can be quick and amicable, but, with the right attorney, it is possible to reduce the stress, anxiety and time spent worrying about the details. It is best to leave the heavy lifting to an experienced Aurora divorce lawyer. The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. works to find an agreeable end to your marriage and move divorce proceedings to a speedy and satisfying conclusion. Contact us today at 630-409-8184 to schedule a consultation, and learn how you will benefit from working with a knowledgeable divorce lawyer.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce laws,Anyone who has experienced divorce or is in a relationship headed for divorce understands it is an emotional and volatile period. Advice and guidance come from well-meaning friends and family members, but the complexities of a contested divorce require a greater understanding of the issues and family law.

How a Lawyer Can Help

Even if you have been through a previous divorce, it is very likely that every breakdown of a marriage contains element and issues unique to the people involved. It is for these and many other reasons why the counsel of a practice legal professional may prove to be the best decision a person makes when they have the resolve to pursue a divorce decree. In addition to handling all the key research and filings, a divorce attorney can help a person keep track of other related details.
  • Avoid letting emotions guide your financial decisions. Often times acting out of spite or anger could damage your own financial future.
  • Even if you have assets in your own name, your spouse can of after them. Everything is fair game once divorce proceedings begin.
  • Thinking about buying a new car? Purchase it before beginning the divorce process because most states will issue orders prohibiting new or large purchases.
  • While watching your own budget, keep track of your spouse’s spending habits. Sudden large expenditures or loans to friends could signal an attempt to hide funds.
  • Take pictures of assets, make copies of bank statements and gather up other key documents before you leave.
  • If you own property, have it appraised by an independent professional before you file.
  • Even if you suspect your spouse is doing the same, DO NOT attempt to hide assets. If found, your actions will have negative consequences.
  • If you are ordered to pay alimony, you can deduct those payments from your taxes.
  • If you receive, you must report that as income on your tax returns.
  • Update beneficiary designation information on your life insurance, pension plans or other investments.

Find a Knowledgeable Aurora Divorce Attorney

Even when you know that pursuing a divorce is your only remaining option, the emotion and stress attached to such a decision can cloud your judgment and negatively impact your behavior. To ensure you follow the law and receive fair treatment, secure representation from an experienced Illinois divorce attorney. The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. provides thorough research and review of all relevant details to ensure a stable custody agreement, fair division of assets, and appropriate support payments. To schedule a consultation, contact our offices today at 630-409-8184.

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Illinois custody attorney, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois divorce lawyer,When a couple splits everyone immediately wants to know who is to blame. Surely one of the spouses or other did something so egregious that is resulted in divorce. In some cases, the couple who is splitting up feels the need to blame their partner for the divorce in order to relieve some of their own guilt.

The Blame Game

Even though most states offer the option of a no-fault divorce, blame still plays a big part in the reasons leading up to and the process of a divorce. Many times it is not even those who are seeking a divorce that place blame, as friends and family have been known to choose sides and blame the other for the end of the marriage. Some common thoughts on blame and divorce include:

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