The Divorce Questions And Answers You Need
At Taege Law Offices, we know that deciding to get divorced is the first step in moving forward with your life. There are going to be many changes, but with the right information and support, this process can be smoother, faster and less nerve-wracking. We can help you understand your rights and options.
We’ve provided these commonly asked questions and answered them to help you. If you do not see what you are looking for here, call our office to set up a free, confidential consultation: 312-667-7706.
How long does divorce take?
Many things can affect the Illinois divorce process. The first thing that will affect the timeline is if you and your spouse are on the same page about most issues. If you agree about most things, then the process can move forward at a good pace. If, however, there are many issues that you do not agree on, then the process will obviously take longer. The fastest divorces can take a matter of a couple of months. Contested divorces, or divorces where one spouse makes unreasonable demands or will not negotiate, can take a year or even two years. At Taege Law Offices, we will assess your individual situation. We will tell you what your options are and then move forward with the plan that meets your goals.
What if my spouse and I decide to stay together?
What happens next depends on where you are in the divorce process. If you have not officially filed for divorce, you will only have to pay the attorney’s fees. If you have filed, we can get your case dismissed or suspended. If you have already signed the divorce settlement but have reconciled with your spouse, we can file for an immediate motion to stop any ruling from being made. We can also reverse a decision, depending on the situation. In rare instances, after a divorce has been officially finalized, a couple will need to remarry.
Will spousal maintenance (spousal support) be awarded?
Every marriage is different, and the details of your marriage will affect whether alimony is awarded, how much and for how long. The general Illinois guideline is that the payer will pay 33% of their net income minus 25% of the payee’s net income. So, if the payer makes $300,000 and the payee makes $60,000, then the payer will pay $99,000 minus $15,000, which equals $84,000. It is important to note that there are exceptions and contributing factors to this equation. We will ascertain your situation and work with you to attain fair and equitable support.
Do we both have to hire an attorney?
Not legally. One spouse can hire an attorney, and the other spouse may choose not to. However, an attorney can only represent one party. It is strongly advised that both parties work with an experienced divorce attorney so that they each understand their rights, obligations and options.
Does infidelity affect a divorce case?
Adultery is one of the legal grounds for divorce. Many people choose not to use this option because it can be difficult to prove. Depending on the details of the adultery, this could affect spousal support and, in rare cases, child custody. We will advise you as to whether or not to pursue using adultery as grounds for divorce should that be an issue in your relationship.
How do I prepare for divorce?
There are several ways to prepare. The first thing to do is to stay off social media. Do not post anything about your spouse, your children or a new relationship. What you post is discoverable and could hurt your case. If your children are on social media, they may also see your posts. Second, consult an attorney. We offer a free, confidential consultation so that you can better understand the process. Third, get copies of all financial documents. These include documents related to retirement funds, investments, bank accounts, pensions, income from any source, and debts such as loans and mortgages. Fourth, you should open your own account and make changes to your estate plan. You should also find a support group, therapist, community or religious organization that offers support for people getting divorced.
Get In Touch For More Help
There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to divorce. We understand you may be anxious and that you want and need answers. We can help. Call 312-667-7706 to speak with us. You can also reach out to us via website contact email. Contact us for a free, confidential initial consultation at our North Side Chicago office or virtually. We serve clients throughout the greater Chicago area.