Many people who are considering getting a divorce question whether they need to spare the time and expense associated with retaining an attorney.
The question you need to ask yourself in order to determine whether you need a lawyer is “Am I getting a divorce?” If the answer is “Yes,” you should speak to a divorce attorney as soon as you can.
Divorce has the potential to affect the most important aspects of your life, including where you live, your financial situation and even your ability to participate in raising your children.
For this reason, it is critical to do everything possible to protect your rights and ensure that your divorce is resolved as favorably as possible.
Below are some specific ways that an attorney can help you if you are in need of a divorce.
Explain Your Rights in a Way that You Understand
Anyone can research the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act online or at a law library with public access. Without legal training.
However, there is a good chance that much of what you read will be confusing and use terminology with which you are unfamiliar.
When you retain an attorney, he or she will explain your rights and answer questions that you may have, such as who is going to get the house or if you will receive maintenance (formerly known as alimony).
Attempt to Negotiate a Settlement Agreement
If you can come to a settlement agreement with your spouse regarding the major issues like the division of property or the division of parenting time, it is much less costly than going to court.
Your lawyer will negotiate on your behalf and try to reach an agreement so you can avoid the uncertainty, expense and hostile aspect of litigation.
Represent You in Court
If an agreement cannot be reached and the court must decide the issues, it is essential to have an attorney on your side.
Family law litigation is formal, complicated and subject to a variety of procedural and substantive rules. Attempting to represent yourself can serious negative consequences.
Call an Illinois Divorce Attorney Today for a Free Consultation
Divorce can be a difficult and stressful process. Fortunately, you do not need to go through it alone.
To schedule a free case evaluation with a Chicagoland divorce attorney, call the Law Offices of Andrew Nickel, LLC today at 630-553-7111 or 815-508-8815.