Although every divorce can vary depending on your unique circumstances, when you hire an attorney he or she should be able to speak to an overall plan for your case. It may begin with a plan to meet with your spouse’s lawyer, followed by drawing up documents for signature and then filing them with the court. In other cases, it may be that your attorney will make an immediate demand for financial documents in order to request support on your behalf as your case proceeds to court. Certainly, not all cases are the same, but having a general idea of what the plan is can help you understand what to expect.
As a general starting point, your attorney will demand financial documents early on in the process to determine the division of marital assets and debt.
In cases where a spouse has an employee benefit such as a pension or 401K, the attorney will obtain a copy of the plan documents and statements to facilitate the division of retirement funds.
Your attorney can assess whether you will need experts in your case such as a business appraiser to value a family owned business, or if child custody is in dispute, a qualified person to support your case.
You should expect your lawyer to respond to letters and phone calls regarding your case and keep you in the loop on those communications. If you have questions, it is a good idea to write them down and call your attorney with the expectation of a return call to discuss your concerns.
Your attorney will communicate your willingness to negotiate to your spouse’s lawyer in hopes of negotiating a settlement on your behalf when possible. If your case is headed to trial, your lawyer will work with you to identify and schedule witnesses or obtain other evidence. He or she will fully prepare you for trial.
At all stages of your case, your attorney should be able to speak to your chance of success under the law so you can make informed decisions.
When working with a divorce attorney, it is important to understand what to expect. An experienced family law attorney will be able to provide you with a working plan so that you can feel confident that important issues regarding property division, parenting time, spousal and child support are addressed with your goals in mind. Contact the Lake county Illinois law offices of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC at 847-680-4970 if you have questions regarding what to expect during the divorce process.