Divorce Procedures

Hinsdale Divorce Procedures Lawyers

Attorneys Counseling Clients About Divorce Procedures in Illinois

Before you decide to file for divorce, it is always advantageous to know your rights and legal options. This way, you are in the best position possible to make decisions, understand potential outcomes, and take part in the negotiation or litigation process.

Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, at the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern, we believe that a knowledgeable client is the best kind of client. This is because an informed client can take an active part in helping shape the structure and outcome of the case. We encourage client involvement and we believe that educating a client is part of our job. If you are seeking a divorce and want to learn more about our services, we encourage you to contact us today.

When you become a client at our firm, our first priority is to go through every part of the divorce procedures dissolution process with you so that you will be able to make informed decisions regarding:

We will explain how we prepare dissolution papers and we will go over every detail of the petition for dissolution we draft for you. Once we serve the other side with our notice of dissolution and these supporting papers, the opposing side has 28 days to respond to this summons. Once they file an appearance and an answer, the discovery process will begin, which includes both sides disclosing financial and other relevant documents to one another.

If there are minor children involved, we will attempt to mediate all issues related to their future well-being. If all the issues regarding the children and all other matters are settled due to a mediation agreement or other negotiation method, we can then appear before a judge at a 'prove-up' hearing, which normally lasts 15 minutes. During this court appearance, each side will answer a series of yes or no questions regarding the agreement. The judge will then issue a judgment and final divorce decree (unless there are deeds or qualified domestic relation orders involved).

If no agreement can be reached through this process, then the case has to be tried within 18 months of the parties filing for divorce. A pre-trial meeting with the judge assigned to the case will take place and if the parties still cannot come to an agreement, a trial date will be set.

On average, a divorce normally takes one to two years. If there are only financial issues involved, there is no time limit, but we try to avoid protracted battles. That being said, how long we fight or how involved you want to be in your case is entirely up to you. You are the ultimate decision maker regarding every.shtmlect of your case. We are here to facilitate so that you can move on with your life. Contact us today to get started.