An Illinois divorce will typically include issues such as the division of marital property and debt, parenting time and parenting responsibility (aka child custody and visitation), and child and spousal support.
An uncontested divorce is one that is resolved without going to trial. In an uncontested divorce, couples may not agree on every issue, but they are eventually able to reach a decision on the terms through the divorce settlement process with the help of their respective attorneys.
The advantages of an uncontested divorce is that they are resolved more quickly and are typically less expensive than a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce typically reduces hostility between the parties, allowing them to get on with their lives and, if they are parents, work more effectively on the behalf of their children.
If couples simply cannot agree one or more issues, there are a few options. Some couples may want to consider divorce mediation, while others feel that they have no choice but to go to court to resolve issues that are important to them. Issues such as what is in the best interests of the children, complex or high stakes financial circumstances, and technical legal procedures are often the hallmarks of a contested divorce.
Of course, couples considering a divorce should first attempt to work together to come up with mutual terms for the separation without going to court. During this phase, it is very important to work with an experienced divorce lawyer to ensure that your interests are protected.
Contact Illinois Family Law Mediation Attorneys
Michael Strauss and Gary Schlesinger are both certified as mediators with over 50 years of combined Illinois Family Law experience. Michael and Gary are also Illinois family law court approved mediators. If you and your spouse cannot work together or if mediation negotiations fail, Michael and Gary will advise you on the best way forward depending on the unique circumstances of your case.
For effective representation in a family law matter in Illinois, please call or e-mail our Illinois divorce, custody, and child support attorney.