Resolving disputes in divorce

You can pay a traffic ticket, examine government plans, sit on a jury, pay taxes and register to vote at the Peoria County Courthouse. A much more personal process begins when a person goes there to file for a divorce, however.

Anyone faced with the prospect of the end of their marriage is going to have a million questions. One of the most frequently asked: how long will the divorce process take?

Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to the question. A whole host of other questions must be answered first, and other factors blended into the equation before a reasonable estimate can be given. One of the most important questions asked to determine how long a divorce will take: does the couple agree on divorce issues?

If a couple does agree, their uncontested divorce can go through the legal system relatively quickly, Illinois Legal Aid says. But if they disagree on one or more of the following, the process can slow:

  • The reasons for divorce and whether divorce is appropriate
  • Where children should live
  • The amount of child support
  • How marital property should be divided
  • How debts should be distributed
  • Whether spousal support is appropriate

People can work with their family law attorneys to resolve those disputes with their spouse. When no agreement can be reached, a court will rule on the matters in its decree ending the marriage.

You can speak with a Peoria family law attorney about the details of your divorce and how to protect yourself and your children.

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