Common Divorce Questions
Regardless of the reason for your impending divorce, the challenges set before you as you wade through the ordeal can seem daunting, especially when you are unfamiliar with the steps required to initiate the process. Even the most civil agreement between two partners to end their marriage can prompt a lot of stress due to the overload of incoming information.
You have decided to divorce. So, what is next? What do you need to know? Are you taking the most reasonable course of action? Who can help guide you along the way? Here are three things every divorcing spouse should know:
Legal Separation Is Not for Everyone
Some partners choose to file for legal separation in order to officially live apart but hold on to certain benefits, such as health insurance policies and various financial arrangements. Living apart and filing for legal separation can protect the best interest of both parties while giving them time and space to live apart to examine whether or not divorce is the best option. For some, this is a way to test the separation waters before officially calling it quits; for others, it is merely a transitional stepping stone on the way to a sure-fire divorce. No matter which camp you fall in, one thing to know is that legal separation is just that: a separation. It is not an actual divorce, and it is only a temporary solution.
The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) Mediation Department reports a resolution rate of over 80 percent for all conferences held. That is a strong indicator that the process of mediation is not only effective, it is efficient. As you begin filing for divorce, consider working with a certified mediator to address any and all of your concerns, including financial responsibilities, parental rights, and how you want to divide assets. Being in the presence of a trained mediator allows you to resolve these issues in a civil, professional environment, which increases your chances of avoiding further conflict.
You Do Not Have to Face Divorce Alone
There is a wealth of support and resources available for those going through divorce. There are countless support groups and therapy programs available for those having a difficult time coping with the loss of a marriage. You do not have to walk the path alone. An experienced Kane County family law attorney can also help guide you through the process from day one, and answer any questions you have as you move forward. Contact Shaw Family Law, P.C. at 630-584-5550 today for a free consultation.