Before You File for Divorce in Illinois Consider This…

Before you file for divorce there are a number of considerations to keep in mind. Once you file for divorce in Illinois, there are many changes that occur once parties. It can be difficult to determine whether or not you want to file when you want to file, and how it will impact you and your family. This article is designed to give you an idea of what to expect, and things to consider when determining whether or not to file for divorce in Illinois.

What to Expect When You File For Divorce

1. You will spend time away from your children, including during the holidays.

In that respect, getting them out of a less than desirable situation in exchange for only spending Christmas Day with them (instead of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) every year might be worth it, for their own personal growth. Additionally, time away from the children when they are with their other parent allows for personal growth, therapy, working out, hobbies, working, cleaning, etc. There is a positive to this negative, as long as you mentally prepare yourself.

2. You will have more bills to pay and less income with which to pay it.

Things To Consider Before You File for Divorce

3. Consider if you want to serve your spouse divorce papers and how.

4. You may second guess your decision.

Make sure you have a strong support network, including a therapist if needed. There is no shame in talking to someone about your feelings. In the event that you want to put the case “on hold” for six months after filing, there are ways to do that, too. The divorce is not final until a Judgment is entered.

5. Illinois is a “No-fault” State.

6. You will need some money available to you to hire an attorney even if you were not the breadwinner.

7. You may go for a period of time without financial support, so prepare accordingly.

Once a case is filed, the other party has to be served and then has 30 days from the date of service to file their appearance. So, there can be a period of time where everything is “on hold” and no support is granted to you. Plan accordingly.

8. If you are in a situation with domestic violence, plan out everything and utilize all resources available to you in your community.

  • Do you need an order of protection before the divorce papers are served?
  • Do you have an alternative place to live?
  • When should your spouse be served?
  • Where will you be?
  • Where will your children be?

A good attorney can tell if an order of protection is needed as long as you are straightforward with them about your situation at home. There are also many domestic violence resources and organizations to assist you in our communities in Chicago and throughout Illinois. You will also find many places of worship and religious organizations experienced and willing to assist.

If you’re ready to speak with an experienced Chicago divorce lawyer contact Anderson & Boback. Taking that first step to speak with an attorney about your situation can help you determine whether you’re ready to go through with divorce.


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