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IL divorce lawyerPeople going through a divorce typically want the process over with as soon as possible. Delays in a divorce case are not only stressful, but they are also very costly. Spouses do not want to pay the exorbitant fees associated with a lengthy trial or mediation process, and they usually want to move forward in their new life as soon as possible. If you are going through a divorce, below are some ways to expedite the process so your divorce is finalized as quickly as possible.

Keep Fighting to a Minimum

Fighting with your spouses will always prolong the divorce process. Every time there is a dispute, there are additional court hearings or mediation sessions and all of that takes more time and money. Of course, you do not want to give in on every term just to expedite the divorce, as that could result in you signing some of your rights away. Still, it is important to identify early in the process what is most important to you and what terms you are willing to compromise on with your spouse. This is the surest way to expedite the divorce process.

Collect Documents Quickly

You will need to collect many documents when going through a divorce, including tax returns, school schedules, and banking documents. When working with an attorney during your divorce, they will likely ask for these documents fairly early in the process. When they do, you should submit them as soon as possible. Before handing them over to any other party, an attorney will need to thoroughly review these documents to gain a better understanding of your case. Other times, they will need to make certain calculations based on that information. The sooner you can provide what is requested of you, the sooner your case will be finalized.

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IL divorce lawyerCouples that want to get a divorce but that always want to avoid the lengthy and costly process of going through litigation will often turn to alternative dispute resolution methods, such as collaborative divorce or mediation. Both methods are extremely effective and can help the parties maintain a respectful relationship, which is important, particularly if there are children involved. However, there are differences between these two dispute resolution methods, and couples that are interested in them should know what they are.

Fees

Mediation and collaborative divorce are both less expensive than going through litigation. Of the two, collaborative divorces typically cost a little more than mediation. In a collaborative divorce, both parties are always represented by attorneys, and this is not always the case for couples going through mediation. If the attorneys cannot agree on a certain aspect of the case, such as the value of a business, they may bring experts in, which will increase the costs of a collaborative divorce.

Mediated divorces are typically less expensive, with sessions costing approximately $100 to $200 an hour. The two parties also do not have to hire an attorney, although it is strongly recommended that anyone going through a divorce is represented by legal counsel.

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IL divorce lawyerEven when a divorce is mutual, the two people involved can become adversarial towards each other. Things can quickly change during a divorce case, and one side may start acting purely out of anger and frustration. When this is the case, it is important that you protect yourself by properly communicating with your spouse. This can prevent something as simple as a conversation from becoming used as evidence against you in your case.

Text and Email Whenever Possible

Using text and email during a divorce case can provide you with valuable evidence. These forms of communication will verify that you and your spouse have come to an agreement on a certain issue, or they can prove that the other side is abusive. Many people think that communicating by text or email is less personal, but this is exactly what helps keep hurt feelings out of conversations.

Do Not Always Reply Right Away

The other benefit of communicating by text or email is that you do not have to respond right away. During a divorce, something is bound to be said in the heat of the moment, particularly when discussing contentious terms such as child custody. Taking some time to cool off and think about how you should reply can be very beneficial, and help you get what you want in the end.

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Geneva Pandemic Divorce LawyerGood news: Yes, indeed you can get a divorce in DuPage County Illinois right now. The DuPage divorce courts are open for business. In fact, now might be a good time to get a divorce since there are fewer divorce cases being filed.

I’ve heard the DuPage divorce Court is Closed Due to the pandemic. What can I do to get a divorce now in DuPage County?

Here’s what’s going on: in DuPage County, the same number of Divorce Judges are now available to resolve Divorce cases as there were before the pandemic but fewer cases are being filed.

Recently, the biggest change in the divorce cases in DuPage County is that DuPage divorce Judges will conduct them remotely using “Zoom.”  Person to person, face-to-face trials are fast becoming obsolete, a thing of the past.

Although each judge may make the decision that a case should be conducted in person and safety policies have been put into place. In practice, so far, there have been very few face-to-face trials for a good reason, not just a pandemic, it is simply easier on the Judge as well as the divorcing couple.

Our law firm has been practicing divorce law for more than 30 years. Over that time we have seen a complete rewriting of the Illinois divorce laws, including doing away with grounds for divorce which used to be an excuse to have a separate trial just to see if the divorce was going to be granted and then the court would proceed to divide assets and assign debt. Likewise, guidelines now exist for child support, maintenance [alimony] as well as written laws as to how assets are to be divided and debts to be assigned. All of these things have been calculated to make the divorce process as streamlined and rapid as possible so it comes as no surprise that the courts will make use of Zoom and not to require in person trials.

Getting a divorce is stressful for anybody, and seems even more overwhelming during these uncertain times. But don’t let everything that is currently taking place in the world, discourage you from moving forward. The attorneys and staff at Martoccio & Martoccio will ensure your divorce is given the attention it deserves and someone that you can rely on. To schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys, call our office today at 630-920-8855.

IL divorce lawyerPeople face many complexities when getting a divorce. For most, these challenges include disputes about child custody, property division, and other terms of the divorce. Some people, however, face a much different problem. They want to get a divorce, but they cannot find their spouse. Perhaps their spouse left the city or state, or maybe the couple was only married for a very short time before going their separate ways without officially getting a divorce. In these situations, fortunately, it is still possible to divorce, even if you cannot find your spouse.

Requirements when Serving a Spouse with Divorce Papers

In Illinois, you must serve your spouse with divorce papers in one of two ways. The first is to have the sheriff or a personal process server deliver a copy of the petition for divorce personally to your spouse.

The second option involves the sheriff or personal process server leaving a copy of the petition with someone older than 13 that lives in another home with your spouse. In the second scenario, the sheriff or process server must tell the person they leave the papers with the purpose of the documents, and they must mail a copy of the petition to the same address.

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