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Family law: Legal counsel a benefit even in uncontested divorce

Anyone in the throes of divorce in Illinois will likely get loads of well-intended, but often misguided, advice from friends and family. The dynamics of each separation are unique, and it might be better to encourage loved ones to provide moral support while seeking legal guidance from an experienced family law attorney. Even if a divorce is uncontested, it can be an advantage to have access to the assistance and advice of legal counsel.

One of the advantages of negotiating a settlement agreement rather than litigating the issues is avoiding mounting legal costs. However, the costs of out-of-court legal support are typically substantially less than hiring an attorney to remedy divorce mistakes made due to a lack of legal knowledge. Legal counsel can also review any child and spousal support amounts to be received or paid to ensure fairness.

A skilled lawyer can also provide valuable input and guidance during settlement negotiations to ensure the fair division of the marital estate. Even if the couple chooses divorce mediation, the mediator's purpose is to facilitate communication and negotiation, and he or she may not provide legal advice. Having an attorney present can also protect one spouse from being intimidated and threatened by the other.

At the point where both parties of a divorcing couple are satisfied with the negotiated settlement agreement, the lawyer can review the proposed agreement made with the help of the mediator to ensure fairness and compliance with applicable Illinois and federal family law. An attorney can make sure the correct documents are prepared and filed, and that time restrictions are met. This can ensure that the judge does not exclude important documents because they were not filed within the allowed time.

Source:, "Parenting: Importance Of Hiring The Right Family Law Attorney", Charlie Brown, Accessed on March 9, 2018

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