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Even the most simple DuPage County divorce can become more complicated than either spouse intends. Standard divorce procedures are often more challenging when one or both spouses refuse to compromise, fail to respond in a timely manner, or intentionally draw out proceedings. When this happens, divorce can become much more stressful, expensive, and time-consuming and there may be no simple solution. Here are three reasons divorces tend to become more complicated.
Several issues are unique to dealing with children during divorce: child support, parental responsibilities, and parenting time have entire sections of family law dedicated entirely to dealing with them. Ideally, parents will talk together, using a mediator if necessary, and reach an agreement outside of court about how to make certain important decisions, how parenting time will be divided, and how children will be moved from household to household.
But in real life, parents frequently have a tough time agreeing about these important issues. Even with the help of a mediator, finding a solution can prove challenging. In the most difficult cases, the court may have to intervene to help parents find an arrangement.
Couples who have not been married for long likely will not share many, if any, marital assets. But for couples who own a home, share vehicles, and have savings and retirement accounts, the property division process can get downright unpleasant. All of a couple’s belongings must be categorized as either marital property or personal property, and the marital property must all be divided fairly. Again, in the best-case scenario, couples can reach an agreement themselves, but a court can intervene if necessary.
Spouses in Illinois no longer need to provide a reason, or “fault,” for their divorce. They must simply file a divorce petition with family courts and state that the relationship has broken down without any chance of reconciliation.
But moving forward with divorce proceedings is more complicated when one spouse does not want to get divorced. While a reluctant spouse ultimately cannot prevent the marriage from ending, they can drag their feet, dodge being served, try to change the filing spouse’s mind, and make the entire process more difficult. If you anticipate that your spouse will try to impede the divorce proceedings, it is important to have help from a great attorney.
Divorce can be surprisingly complicated and divorcing couples may not realize all the challenges they must confront until they are well into the divorce process. If you are considering divorce, a skilled DuPage County divorce attorney with Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio may be able to help. We have many years of experience helping couples with even the most complex divorces and are prepared to help you tackle whatever obstacles come your way. Call us today at 630-920-8855.