Belleville, IL Divorce Attorney Focused on Your Future
Count on Courtney Clark Law, P.C. when it matters most
Are you getting or considering a divorce? Make sure you have experienced divorce lawyer on your side. You have so much riding on the line - from what happens to your children to your house and other prized possessions. That's why it's critical you have an attorney on your side who fully understands the legal and financial implications of every decision you make involving your divorce.
Fortunately, you're not alone. We can help. Our experienced, Belleville, IL divorce attorneys at Courtney Clark Law, P.C. in Belleville, Illinois want to work with you. We know what's at stake and what challenges you may face. That's because we've been doing this work for decades in southern Illinois.
Here are some of the questions about divorce that we’re asked most often:
How much does it cost to get divorced in Illinois?
The average cost to file for divorce in Illinois is around $300, though filing costs vary from county to county. Depending on the specific details of your divorce and whether or not it’s being contested, fees can change. Along with the filing costs, a divorce can also have a big impact on your finances for a lot of other reasons.
How long does it take to get divorced in Illinois?
It takes a minimum of 30 days for a divorce in Illinois to be finalized, though that number can be longer depending on the specific details of the divorce. Alimony disputes, child support, division of assets and other complicated matters can result in a divorce taking months or years to finalize. It all depends on your unique circumstances.
How is property divided during a divorce in Illinois?
Generally speaking, the people getting divorced can come to a mutual agreement on how to divide their assets. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, the court must conclude which assets are joint assets and which assets are separate. Once that is determined, the assets can be divided appropriately. Trying to figure out which assets are joint assets and which assets are separate is often a complex and confusing task. That’s why getting an experienced divorce lawyer to help you ensure assets are divided in a fair and equitable manner is usually a wise decision.
Do I have to go to court to get divorced in Illinois?
You will almost certainly need to appear in court to finalize your divorce. Along with the final hearing, you may need to appear in court for other matters related to the divorce as well – especially if your divorce is being contested.
What is the process for getting divorced in Illinois?
There are many steps to take to get divorced in Illinois, but the first step in the process is to file a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage” in court. You will also need to prove that you have been a resident of the state for a minimum of 90 days before your divorce judgment is finalized.
What is a no-fault divorce?
No-fault divorce means neither spouse has to prove the other did anything wrong to get divorced. Instead, the couple can declare “irreconcilable differences” to qualify for a no-fault divorce. In Illinois, all divorces are classified as no-fault divorces, though the state did follow a fault divorce system up until 2016.
What is an uncontested divorce?
When both spouses agree on all their divorce-related issues, they may qualify for an uncontested divorce. This includes issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, and division of assets. From a legal standpoint, neither spouse would need to go to court to resolve their disputes, though both parties would still need to attend the final hearing in court to officially finalize the divorce.
Do I need a lawyer to file for divorce in Illinois?
While you are not legally required to hire an attorney to file for divorce in Illinois, you should consider at least speaking with an experienced divorce lawyer to understand your rights and discuss your legal options. At Courtney Clark Law, P.C., you can discuss your legal issues and goals with our dedicated legal team during a free case evaluation.
Like marriages, no two divorces are the same. Each one is unique. That's why we never take a one-size-fits-all approach to divorce. We take the time to find out your specific needs and goals. That way, we can develop a cost-effective approach that addresses your unique issues. Our law firm is particularly well-known for addressing financial-related matters associated with divorce.
During your initial free consultation, we will explain every stage of your divorce process, step by step, in easy-to-understand language. We will outline what you can expect when filing for divorce. During this meeting, we encourage you to ask questions. We work this way because we realize you probably want answers to your important questions right away.
What issues are you dealing with?
Divorce often involves a wide range of legal issues. Depending on your circumstances, we can help you with a variety of issues before or after you finalize you divorce, including:
- Marital Property Division
- High-Asset Property Division
- Divorce and Business Division
- Parental Responsibility, Parenting Time and Child Related Issues
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Child Relocation and Removal
- Post-Judgment Modifications
- Spousal Maintenance / Alimony
- Divorce Litigation
- Divorce Mediation
- Military Divorce
- Tax Implications of Divorce
Whatever legal issues you're facing, no matter how complicated or straightforward they might seem, we want to help you every step of the way.
Focused on what's best for you
Legal issues involving divorce can be complicated. The decisions you make now can impact you for the rest of your life. That's why it's critical that you fully understand the implications of each legal option available to you.
Together, we can explore all these options and guide you through the process. We can develop a workable solution for the future that meets all your needs and goals. Throughout the process, we will keep you informed and consult with you about every important decision.
Put your trust in an experienced divorce lawyer who puts your needs first. Contact us and schedule an appointment at our Belleville law firm. We want to help you move forward with your life and give you peace of mind during this difficult time.
Courtney Clark Law, P.C. - focused on your future.