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1. (Almost) Nothing Is Simple
There are few types of legal cases that are as notoriously contentious as divorces. Going through, or even contemplating, a divorce brings up many challenges. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the entire process. Even a seemingly straightforward divorce is rarely simple. Divorce cases involve the complex area of family law, and these cases often raise complicated legal questions. How much money will each spouse get? Who gets the house, the cars, the dog, and the kids? How will a divorce affect your taxes? These are just a few typical issues that can muddle up a “simple” divorce. The best way to avoid getting bogged down in the complications is to call a reputable, experienced family lawyer in your area.
2. Your Finances Will Be Affected, but Maybe Not How You Expect
Property division, alimony (spousal support), and child support are three of biggest financial issues you may encounter during a divorce. While most divorcing spouses are aware they could face these financial issues, many do not consider other financial matters that must be resolved. For example, did you know that paying alimony is tax deductible? If you are a parent, have you considered which spouse will claim the children on income taxes? What will happen to your pension fund or IRA account? Clearly, these are complex financial questions. It is important to understand that nearly every issue in a divorce relates to finances, even if it is not obvious at the start of your case.
3. Settling Out of Court Is an Option
Given how tense and emotional divorces cases can be, it is not surprising that spouses often want their “day in court.” Explaining to a judge exactly how your spouse wronged you and/or the children can be vindicating, but waiting to resolve every issue in a trial can also be exhausting and costly. Experienced family lawyers know how (and when) to resolve divorce issues out of court. Often, the parties will attend mediation sessions where a neutral third party mediator will facilitate discussion and resolution. Parties can also make agreements through their attorneys without having to undergo the cost and time-consuming process of waiting on a judge’s decision.
4. Your Choice of Divorce Attorney Matters
Divorce issues can be difficult to navigate, so it is essential that you hire an experienced family lawyer. If you are considering divorce, or involved in a family law case, contact an experienced DuPage County family lawyer at Martoccio & Martoccio. We offer every client a chance to speak with one of our attorneys for free during an initial consultation. For over 35 years, our firm has served the DuPage County area. We understand Illinois family law, and have helped countless clients through their divorce. Contact us today for more information.