Dissolution of Marriage (DIVORCE)

Dissolution of Marriage (DIVORCE)

Every divorcing couple is different, and each DIVORCE case takes its own unique path. While some are able to work amicably to dissolve their marriage, many separating families are overwhelmed with emotional turmoil, financial concerns, and parenting disagreements, that may make their DIVORCE proceedings more contentious. In Illinois, the following approaches to a DIVORCE are available:

  • An Uncontested  DIVORCE occurs when the parties are able to collaborate, often utilizing thoughtful negotiations by their attorneys, mediation and other collaborative legal measures, to outline and finalize the terms of their  DIVORCE settlement together. Once the terms are defined and agreed upon by the parties, their attorneys, draft and incorporate the terms into a DIVORCE decree known as Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage which will incorporate a Marital Settlement Agreement, and an Allocation Judgment if the separated couple has children under the age of 18. These documents are then presented to a Judge for approval and entered by a Court to dissolve the marriage.
  •  A Contested  DIVORCE occurs when parties are unable to agree on some or all of the issues in a case, including but not limited to division of assets- homes, cars, financial assets, and debts; the allocation of parental responsibilities and/or parenting time for their minor children; and question or frustrations regarding paying or receiving child support or maintenance, commonly known as spousal support or alimony. In these instances, a hearing on limited issues, or a trial on all issues before a Judge may be necessary to bring the case the finality.
  • A Default  DIVORCE  occurs when the opposing party has failed to appear, answer or participate in the DIVORCE  proceedings. If opposing party fails to take any action within a 30-day period subsequent to receiving the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, he or she may be held defaulted by court, meaning the judge can make rulings in the DIVORCE proceedings, as requested by the Petitioning party, and can enter a final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage without the opposing party being present.

Regardless the route of your  DIVORCE  proceeding, Adetola Law can help you navigate the court system with precision, knowledge, and compassion.