Divorce is never easy but when things go wrong, it can quickly spiral into a full-blown disaster. Figuring out whether divorce is the right choice for you, and then figuring out what to do next, can be complicated.
The soul searching is something you have to do for yourself. Once you've made your choice, we can help you deal with the process.
The emotional part is hard enough and the legal process for a divorce isn't what you'd call simple. But there are ways to make it easier on yourself.
Familiarize Yourself With the Process
Divorce is first and foremost a legal process, which means there is paperwork that comes with it. What kind of paperwork? You can see for yourself online.
The forms for Cook County are available online and we encourage you to check them out. Read them through and see what the court wants you to prepare before the hearing. If you know what to expect going in, it can make everything easier.
Organize Your Financial Life
Two things form the bulk of the arguments in divorce: child custody and money. The court will want to inspect your finances during the divorce including cash, investments, assets, inheritances, and property.
Don't just do it for the judge. Having a good handle on your finances is important when considering divorce. Not only will it give you an idea of what you have at stake, it also makes the decision of whether to hire an attorney easier.
If you don't have much in the way of money to divide, you might be able go through the divorce process yourself. But if you have a lot of money to divide, your lawyer will ensure that the process is fair to you.
Get Answers to Your Questions
Divorce is highly personal and it's different for everyone. At some point, you'll need specific answers for your situation that you may not be able to find in general online FAQs.
If you're part of a personal legal plan, like the one offered by LegalStreet, you can take advantage of on-call access to local lawyers who can answer basic legal questions. Make sure the plan you choose offers consultation calls with an attorney from the day you sign up.
But if you're on your own, there are still ways to find answers. Your first stop should be checking out FindLaw's in-depth section on Divorce.
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