Although some people may have considered divorce for some time, many put off their decision until after the holidays to avoid disrupting the family festivities. However, beginning in January and running through late March, divorce filings are typically at there highest.
Of course, divorce can be a difficult experience emotionally and financially. There is a sense of leaping into the unknown, concerns about the impact a divorce will have on your children and questions regarding how you will make ends meet in two households instead of one.
If you are considering divorce, there are number of tips you may benefit from in order to prepare:
Have You Ruled Out All Possibility of Reconciliation?
Ask yourself if it is possible to avoid a divorce, which may involve seeking the help of marriage counselor to help you and your spouse work through the issues. You may be able to iron out your differences with the help of a professional but, failing that, counseling can also help you and your spouse open up a critical line of communication to make the process of divorce more amicable in the long run.
Be Familiar With Illinois Laws Regarding Divorce – Find an Experienced Family Law Attorney
State laws vary when it comes to divorce so do some homework so you have some idea of what to expect. Is there spousal maintenance available? Will kids heading off to college be entitled to help from your ex-spouse? What about child removal laws – will you be able to relocate for a job or other reason after the divorce? It is helpful to write down your questions, do some research on your own and then sit down with your divorce attorney who will provide clarification on questions you may have and also provide legal insights for your consideration. The more information you have, the more likely you will be able to reach your goals in the divorce and avoid costly mistakes.
Take Stock of Your Household Financial Picture
Before you file for divorce, make sure that you have copies of your and your spouse’s financial documents such as bank statements, investment accounts, retirement funds and the like. Also take inventory of personal and joint property such as jewelry, art, family heirlooms and other personal items. Have a clear picture, backed up by documentation, of all debts and assets you and your spouse have – jointly and separately – for the purposes of marital property division.
Save Up Some Funds and Circle the Wagons
Divorce can be costly. Not only are there legal fees to consider, but you will need extra cash on hand to set up a new household and pay bills while you work toward a divorce settlement. Take time to think about what you will need in order to get through the short term and long term so that you can save accordingly or seek out another source of income to make the transition less bumpy.
If you have relatives or friends in the area, look to them for support as you work through the divorce. You can also attend divorce support groups who may be able to point you to helpful resources and provide you with a measure of support while you work toward making significant changes in your life.
Contact Our Experienced Libertyville Illinois Divorce Lawyers
If you are considering divorce and would like more information regarding what you can expect with regard to Illinois child support and custody, spousal maintenance, or marital property division, contact the Law Offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for help. Our firm is exclusively dedicated to family law and we are fully devoted to the needs of our clients throughout Lake County Illinois and the North Suburban Chicago area. Call us today for experienced and effective representation of your family law matter 847-680-4970.