Filing for Divorce in Chicago – What Your Lawyer Will Expect From You
When it comes to divorce, a smooth dissolution of the marriage and peaceful transition into the rest of your life depends largely on how well your attorneys navigate Illinois law. This extends to establishment of appropriate parenting time (child custody), child support, spousal maintenance (alimony) and the division of marital assets and property.
No one goes into a marriage thinking that it will eventually end in divorce. Unfortunately, marriages do not always have fairy tale endings, in some cases; the end of a marriage can be devastating – emotionally, financially and, sometimes, physically.
If you are considering a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Chicago divorce attorney to protect your rights and provide you with the necessary legal counsel during the divorce proceedings. You need a top divorce attorney who knows the law and has experience with the entire divorce process. Protection and preservation of your rights are extremely important in any divorce case, whether you are filing for divorce or are the one who is served divorce papers.
Divorce, whether contested or uncontested, can be complex a legal process that can carry considerable emotional strain and conflict, especially when children are involved. You need to make the right decision and retain the services of a qualified Chicago divorce lawyer. Choose one who specializes exclusively in the practice of family law in order to receive the most beneficial advice on your legal options and help with protecting your rights and interests.
Communicate truthfully and fully with your lawyer
There is no such thing as a perfect divorce case, and no one leads a perfect life. No matter how hard it may be, you need to be truthful and fully make your lawyer aware of any “rumors” or “wrong doings” that may have the potential to affect your case moving forward. It is always better for your lawyer to find out everything about the challenges they will face from you in the privacy of their office, rather than from your spouse or spouse’s attorney in an open courtroom, filled with spectators.
Leave it to the professional and follow your lawyer’s advice
You hired your Chicago divorce attorney because you felt they were an expert in their field and the best lawyer for your case. They provide you the benefit of their education and years of experience, an impartial third party perspective, a calm, logical approach and the experiences of other clients who have faced exactly what you are going through now. While they can never guarantee a favorable outcome, your divorce lawyer can suggest approaches that might help guide you around the pitfalls that are common to Chicago divorce cases.
Be a good client – level-headed, prepared, respectful and courteous
Your lawyer is hoping that you will be a model client; calm, competent and well prepared. The best clients have the ability to control their emotions, are organized, work together with their attorney to achieve their goals and are willing to listen to advice and guidance.
At a time in your life when you might be the most difficult to maintain your composure, it has never been more critical that you do so. Even spouses who never fought during their marriage can find they easily become frustrated and out of control during an emotionally changed divorce case. You can’t control your spouse’s actions, but you can, and must, manage your own emotions and remain in control of yourself and your conduct.
Pay attention to details and stay in touch with your lawyer
You must stay involved in your case and be an active partner for your legal team. Open, read and respond promptly to whatever your attorney sends you. Return their phone calls promptly and keep them up to date on any developments that may affect your case.
Give your lawyer what they ask for
As your case progresses, your attorney will ask you for a range of information and documents or you may be required to provide them to your spouse’s attorney as part of the litigation process. Be prompt and diligent in responding to these requests and always discuss any concerns or questions with your attorney early as possible.
Follow court orders
Unless your lawyer tells you otherwise, always follow court orders. Failure to do so can result in penalties that range from frustrating to debilitating, depending on the nature of the violation.
Pay your attorney promptly
Your divorce attorney will expect to be paid on time and in full. If your financial situation is tenuous and progressively getting worse, talk to your attorney immediately. They may be able to structure a payment plan that reduces or defers the financial burden on you. Additionally, if your former spouse has liquidated a bank account, leaving you financially challenged, you should tell your attorney immediately. They may be able to file a motion asking the court to grant temporary orders for items such as child or spousal support, child custody, control of assets and payment of your attorney’s fees.
A couple final thought to consider:
- Everything is not an emergency – Lawyers are not on call 24 hours a day.
- Your lawyer is your legal representative – not a psychologist.
- This is not Television – don’t expect your lawyer to do something just because you saw it on TV.
- Your lawyer didn’t create system – and they cannot change the system.
In divorce, everything you have and care about is on the line. Protect your future with individualized representation from an experienced team of Chicago Divorce Lawyers.
Speak with one of our award-winning Chicago lawyers today by calling Levin & Associates at 1-312-546-5100, and learn how we can protect your parental rights and interests.