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What to Expect in Your Barrington, Illinois Divorce

Learn about the Divorce Process and Time Lines

For many of our law firm's clients, an especially valuable feature of our divorce practice is our willingness to explain just what to expect at every stage of their divorce proceedings, whether contested or uncontested. We cover time frames, expenses and the best ways to meet your own responsibilities while working toward your goals for your family.

To learn how our approach to client service can take a lot of the uncertainty and stress out of your experience with divorce, contact an experienced family law attorney at Lucas Law in Barrington. We've offered practical advice and resourceful representation to Chicago area divorce clients since 1984.

Call 847-381-8700 For A Consultation About Barrington Divorce Proceedings

At our first meeting, one of our lawyers will talk to you in detail about your marital, financial and family situation. Together, we'll develop a good initial understanding of your objectives, the problems we can anticipate, and the best ways to resolve them.

You'll leave with a solid understanding of what we can and can't accomplish for you, how long it might take and how much it might cost. Additionally, we'll give you a good sense of the timelines involved in each of the basic stages of divorce from beginning to end on more complicated cases:

  • Typically over the first 60 to 90 days, data gathering about your family's property and finances, your children, and any potential need for spousal maintenance or alimony either during the divorce proceedings or any period thereafter
  • For the next 30 to 60 days depending on complexity, categorizing and evaluating the data to develop our negotiation or trial strategies on any contested issues, and to formulate settlement agreement terms on issues you've already resolved
  • Usually for the next 30 to 90 days, negotiating the settlement of contested issues concerning property, child support, alimony, and child custody or visitation
  • If outstanding issues can't be settled, trial of disputes in family court can usually take place within 90 days of request for a court date

These timelines are only rough approximations of the time necessary to take your case from beginning to end. Complex issues or the resolution of multiple conflicts can take longer. When few issues are likely to arise in a divorce, the preparation of a settlement agreement and its presentation for court can take place much faster.

As experienced family law attorneys, we do our best to keep your case on track toward a negotiated resolution whenever possible, because the risks, expenses and family stresses of heated divorce proceedings are significant factors that often just can't be justified.

Every divorce is different, just as every family is different. To learn what to expect in your own unique circumstances, contact a seasoned divorce lawyer at Lucas Law in Barrington to schedule an initial consultation.

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