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Dedicated Legal Support Throughout the Divorce Process

Divorce is never something anybody plans for. For many individuals, divorce can be a complete surprise. For others, divorce may be the only course of action possible to regain peace of mind. There are a host of different reasons why marriages end in divorce. Regardless of the cause of the divorce, complications often arise when it is finally time to enter into negotiations to determine factors such as the following:

Both parties in a divorce are usually looking to protect their own interests and future. This is why it is crucial to have an experienced Peoria divorce attorney on your side when you undertake such negotiations. As a law firm that is based on 10 years of experience, McCall Law Offices, P.C. may have the right legal solutions for you.

How to File for Divorce in Peoria

Divorce is not a simple procedure. When an individual chooses to file for divorce, the other spousal party is required to respond to the petition and set a date to appear in court. In the event that the respondent chooses to accept the claims of these other petitioning party, the dissolution of marriage can officially take place and negotiations with regard to support payments, distribution of assets, child custody other relevant matters may begin. Here are the steps that you should take in filing for divorce in Illinois:

  1. File a Petition. To begin the divorce process, you must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This short document will identify the petitioner and the respondent, as well as provide general information about your family. In the petition, you should be sure state the "grounds" for your divorce: fault or no-fault. Irreconcilable differences are the most common grounds for divorce in Illinois. A divorce attorney can help you determine if the grounds for divorce fall under fault or no-fault.
  2. Service of Process. The respondent should be served with divorce papers through your divorce lawyer or a private process server.
  3. Response to the Petition: The respondent has 30 days to file a written response to your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. If no response is filed, then you may be able to request a default judgment be made by the court.
  4. Negotiation and Settlement. Once the response is filed, you and your spouse can begin negotiations. With the help of your attorneys, a financial investigation should be conducted that determines the value of the marital estate. Custody and visitation rights for any minor children will also be discussed. If a settlement can be reached at this stage, it will decrease amount of time and money spent for both parties.
  5. Pretrial Conference. If a settlement can't be reached, then the couple may bring the matter before a judge. Both spouses and divorce lawyers will attend a conference in the judge's chambers. The judge will make recommendations and inform the couple as to how certain issues would probably be ruled.
  6. Divorce Trial. If you and your spouse are still unable to agree, then your case will go to trial in a few months. Your attorney can continue preparing and investigating your case to argue before the judge.

Working with an Experienced and Dedicated Divorce Attorney

These negotiations are rarely ever void of conflict. Having a Peoria divorce attorney who has relevant experience in dealing with the state's legal framework concerning divorce automatically places you at an advantage. McCall Law Offices, P.C. uses an aggressive approach during the negotiation process to ensure that our clients receive satisfactory settlements. We guarantee that we will, to the best of our ability, fight for your claims employing every strategy possible and exhausting every option.

Use a Firm Approach to Protect Your Rights

At McCall Law Offices, P.C. we take a caring and honest approach in dealing with all our clients. We understand that divorce represents an emotionally taxing time for any individual. This is why we are committed to providing you with the finest legal counsel available in the state of Illinois. If you need to find a good lawyer to handle your divorce case, then contact our firm to learn more about the options available to you!

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