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IL divorce lawyerYou have a lot of concerns when going through a divorce, and an Illinois divorce lawyer can help alleviate many of them. Unfortunately, not all divorce lawyers in the state are created equal and some are better than others. So, when you are going through a divorce, how can you tell if you found the right one for your case? You can start by reviewing the five most important considerations below.

Who Will Work on Your Case?

Many divorce lawyers offer free consultations and the chances are good that you may have yours with one of the biggest partners at the firm. Law firms sometimes do this to instill confidence in you that you are working with the most experienced divorce lawyer.

Unfortunately, too many clients soon learn that after that initial consultation, the partner has passed your case off to a paralegal or associate. These individuals are integral to a law firm and while they may help your lawyer during your case, they should never be the ones guiding the big decisions. Always ask if the attorney you consult with will be the one working on your case. If not, it may be time to find a different firm.

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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 lawyerThe family home is not only the most valuable asset divided in many divorces, but it is also one of the most sentimental. The couple often purchased the home together after they got married, and they may have even raised children in the home. It is for all of these reasons that many people want to keep the family home during a divorce, but doing so is a complex process. If you want to keep your home in your divorce, below are the five steps to follow.

Get an Official Appraisal

An official appraisal will determine the fair value of your home. The appraiser will consider external factors such as the location, the lot size, and access to public utilities, as well as internal factors. The internal factors an appraiser will consider include the square footage of the home, the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, and the type of foundation.

Find Out How Much is Left on the Mortgage

You can learn how much is left on your mortgage by contacting your lender or looking at your mortgage documents. Once you know how much is left on the mortgage, you should then subtract that amount from the value of the home to determine how much equity is in the home.

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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 lawyerDivorce is sometimes a bitter and contentious legal battle, with each party fighting over every single term. It does not always have to be this way, though. In fact, in many cases, the couple is able to get through the process amicably and even co-parent their children civilly once they are apart. Although an amicable divorce is what most people strive for when they start the process, it is not the same thing as an uncontested divorce. From a legal standpoint, it is very important to understand the difference.

What Is an Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce is one in which the couple agrees to the terms of the divorce. They are able to enter into an agreement about property division, child support, maintenance, and all other terms. In an uncontested divorce, each party enters into the agreement without needing to go through mediation or litigation.

Uncontested divorces have many benefits for couples. The process is much shorter, and much less expensive, and gives the two spouses total control over the process. However, when a couple disagrees on even one term of the case, it then becomes a contested divorce, even if it is an amicable one.

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