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Wheaton divorce attorneysWhen people talk to their friends about the possibility of divorce, they are often encouraged to be the first to file. The reason for this is the purported advantage that petitioners hold during the process – but is this advantage even real, and if so, do you necessarily lose it if you are not the first to file? Learn more about being the first to file for divorce, including when it may be appropriate and how an experienced attorney can guide you through the process.  

Is the Advantage Real?

Although there are some circumstances in which one should be the first to file, filing first does not necessarily give one an advantage in the divorce. Both parties are considered equal in the courtroom, and it is factors that dictate decisions made by a judge, not who filed first. For example, filing first may not gain you any extra time with your children in your parenting plan. However, as previously mentioned, there are certain situations in which one really should file first – or, at the very least, the moment they realize that divorce is imminent.

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Illinois divorce attorneysAlthough litigated divorces may be necessary for some situations, those that are mediated tend to cost divorcing parties less time and money. Mediation can also reduce contention, which is often beneficial for children. What about an attorney, though? Is one still necessary when going through the mediation process, and if so, why? The following sections explain further.

Why Hire a Mediation Lawyer?

Mediations are typically guided by an experienced professional who is at least knowledgeable of the divorce laws in their state. However, this individual must remain unbiased and impartial throughout the entire mediation process, so they cannot give advice. They cannot tell you if your parenting plan is realistic or fair. They cannot tell you if you may be getting shortchanged in your divorce settlement. Quite simply, they can only guide the conversation and encourage compromise that fits within the framework of the law.

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Illinois divorce lawyersAlthough alimony is far less common than it once was, it is still a factor in divorces today. Under what circumstances is alimony awarded, and how can you tell if you may be entitled to it in your Illinois divorce case? The following information explains, and it provides you with some details on why and how the assistance of an experienced family law attorney can help.

Alimony in an Illinois Divorce

Despite the common misconception, alimony is not awarded in divorce, simply because one asks for it. Instead, there are certain factors that the courts use to determine if a party may be eligible, including:

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DuPage County bankruptcy lawyersOf all the reasons that people delay filing for bankruptcy, concerns over credit are the most common. Considering that the long-term impact of bankruptcy on one’s credit rating is one of the most well-known facts about bankruptcy, such fears make sense. However, there are some little-known facts about bankruptcy – some of which may encourage you to reconsider whether bankruptcy may be an appropriate option for your situation. Learn more about the effect that filing for bankruptcy can have on your credit, and discover how an experienced attorney can assist you through the process.

The Effect of Bankruptcy Wanes Over Time

Although it is true that bankruptcy remains on your credit for up to 10 years (the time can vary, depending on which chapter you file under), its impact is strongest immediately after you file. Then, over time, that impact wanes. That makes obtaining new credit easier, and the more credit you obtain and handle responsibly, the more your score may improve.

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Illinois divorce lawyersAlthough divorcing parties in Illinois are not required to obtain legal assistance, many find that their outcomes are improved with it. Of course, having an attorney during your divorce means you must first choose the one that most closely fits your wants and needs. Learn how to do this, and discover how the specific details of your divorce may impact your decision, with help from the following information.

Consider What Type of a Divorce You Want

Before you hire a divorce lawyer, it is important to know what type of divorce you would like to pursue. More specifically, would your case be better served through mediation, collaborative divorce, or litigation? Each works differently, and the role of your attorney will change, depending on which option seems most appropriate for your situation. Furthermore, the type of attorney you need may change, depending on the preferred divorce course. As an example, parties may want to search for a divorce lawyer with extensive litigation experience if the marriage has a history of domestic violence or asset hiding.

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Address28371 Davis Parkway, Suite 103, Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone(630) 657-5052
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Phone(630) 580-6373
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Fax(888) 350-9195
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