When a marriage is rife with problems that are irreconcilable, and when all options for preserving the marriage have been exhausted, filing for divorce may be the best solution for all parties. Despite the fact that filing for divorce may be the most rational and logical decision, divorce can nonetheless be emotional and challenging, both from a personal and legal perspective.
While there is nothing that can change your feelings and improve the emotional state that you’re in, working with a Long Grove divorce lawyer can provide you with the legal support that you need. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., our Long Grove divorce lawyers know what you’re going through, and are here to assist and represent you.
In order to start the process of getting a divorce in Long Grove, you will need to file a petition for dissolution of marriage. However, the specific paperwork that you file will be different depending upon the length of your marriage, your income, and whether or not you have any children. This is because in some cases, you may be able to file a joint petition for simplified dissolution of marriage. Otherwise, you will file a standard petition for dissolution of marriage.
When you file your paperwork for divorce, you will need to pay a filing fee. The filing fee in Lake County is $291.00.
After you file your petition, both it and your summons must be served to your spouse.
Not only is the process of filing for divorce in itself complex, but resolving the many issues that are present in a divorce is very complicated. For example, couples will need to determine how property and assets will be divided, how debts will be paid, who will provide care for children and how parenting time will be shared, and whether or not an order of spousal maintenance (alimony) will be part of a divorce settlement. These issues are not only complicated, but they can be highly contentious as well. What’s more, once a divorce settlement is issued, it can be very hard to modify, and some issues–such as how property is divided–cannot be modified after a divorce judgement is issued. When you work with an attorney, not only will you have a better understanding of the law and what your rights and options are, but you will also have a legal professional on your side who is committed to advocating for you and protecting your best interests.
Ending a marriage is tough. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we work hard to keep the complex process of dissolving a marriage as straightforward and simple as possible. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable Long Grove divorce lawyers today for a free consultation.