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Because of the Recession that shook the country for the better part of the last decade, there seem to be quick-fix solutions for everything popping up just about everywhere. Divorce is no exception. Especially in major cities such as Chicago, signs advertising a fast, painless, easy, and cheap solution to your marital woes are ubiquitous. But can they fulfill the promises they make?
Most experts, including the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money magazine, note that there are often hidden costs associated with these quick fixes, and they lack the security brought by a qualified family law professional. According to the National Marriage Project, the U.S. divorce rate has increased by nearly 50 percent since the mid-20th century, and, reports Smart Money, “the number of divorce lawyers has grown apace.” There’s no good reason to try to save a few bucks when hiring someone to help you through one of the most difficult periods of your life.
Advertisements, often seen on telephone poles or the like, offer the services of professionals who haven’t necessarily been vetted by the test of time. Enlisting the services of a qualified legal professional is essential to finding solid footing in your new, divorced life. The last thing anyone wants after the difficult and stressful transition of marital split is to have to deal with a less-than-savory legal situation. Lawsuits against family law attorneys increased by 50 percent between 1995 and 2007 according to the American Bar Association—which translates to higher costs for you.
There are options for you to fill out the forms for Illinois on your own, but it can be difficult to wade through the legal jargon without the assistance of a professional. Attempting to do it on your own could mean that you wind up spending more in fees and adjustments than you would have if you had hired a lawyer at the beginning of the process. Having a dedicated divorce lawyer on your side will save you in the long run. Don’t go through it alone. Contact an experienced Chicago divorce attorney today.