Chicago Divorce Information – Your Overview of the Legal Process
Divorce Overview from M. Scott Gordon & Associates
Handling Cook and Lake County Divorce clients for over 15 years
Divorce is a legal process. It formally dissolves marital bonds and in most cases, follow the same basic pattern. A Judge may skip some proceedings, such as mediation, if the case is not likely to benefit from them, but most of the process is straight forward. Our skilled attorneys can help you navigate the divorce process and work towards a suitable resolution to any contention.
Illinois Divorce law requires that one spouse is either a resident of the state of Illinois or was stationed in the state for military duty for at least 90 days prior to filing for divorce. In Cook and Lake County one spouse, not necessarily the one who files, must reside within the county lines where the divorce is filed in. Note that you have the option of a legal separation before seeking divorce.
Understanding how to file for Divorce
The process begins when one spouse files a petition with the clerk of the circuit court requesting the dissolution of the marriage. In some cases, certain legal proceedings may have already taken place, such as hearings over an order of protection and related child guardianship decisions. The clerk then issues documents informing the respondent spouse of the proceedings. The respondent spouse can reply and dispute the cause of the divorce or any information the filing contains.
The respondent spouse has a limited time to reply. If the deadline is missed, the judge may proceed with the case as an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce does not require the court to make any decisions about marital issues.
If the respondent replies to the divorce papers and disputes any information, it is considered to be a contested divorce.
All decisions made in a Divorce Proceeding also can be subject to an appeals process.
Discuss your Divorce concerns with one of our skilled attorneys
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We offer a No cost phone consultation to discuss your case, as well as convenient locations when we meet for review. Speak with a compassionate Divorce and Family attorney today by phone at 847-329-0101 or use our quick contact form. Contact the Law Office of M. Scott Gordon & Associates today.