One of the first considerations is whether an attorney has experience handling family law cases similar to yours. It is certainly okay to ask how long an attorney has been in practice, how many cases they have handled, and whether they have had cases go to trial to gauge their courtroom experience.
The Costs of Getting a Divorce
The cost of getting a divorce varies depending on the complexity of a case. After discussing your case with an attorney, it is important to ask about attorney’s fees. Start by asking what the attorney’s hourly fee is and that of any associates or paralegals that might also work on your case and whether you will be billed for phone calls. Ask if there are other fees to consider. Based on the details you provide regarding your cases, an attorney may be able to provide you a ballpark figure of what you can expect if the case progresses as planned.
Illinois Divorce Laws
Before going in for an initial appointment it is helpful to do your homework by taking a look at your state laws regarding divorce. In Illinois, research the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act online to help you prepare any specific questions you may have regarding divorce, property division, parenting time, child support and spousal maintenance or other issues related to getting a divorce in the state.
Preparing for a Divorce
Finally, ask your attorney how to prepare for a divorce – what you should or should not do to protect yourself financially or otherwise. Questions can range from what documentation you should gather in advance of discussing divorce with your spouse to whether moving out will jeopardize your claim to the house or parenting time with your children. Every situation is unique, so it is important to discuss your concerns with an experienced attorney so that you can prepare accordingly.
Contact an Experienced Illinois Divorce Lawyer for Help
When you have questions regarding Illinois divorce, contact the Libertyville family law offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for immediate assistance today at 847-680-4970.