Is it Necessary to Go to an Illinois Court for My Divorce?

No two couples have the same issues to work through when getting a divorce. This is why the need to go to an Illinois court depends on the circumstances of your situation. Follow along to understand if it is necessary to go to court for your divorce and how a proficient Peoria divorce lawyer or Pekin divorce lawyer from Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C., can help you work toward a fair and just resolution.

Is it required to go to a Peoria County court for my contested divorce?

When you and your spouse cannot agree on key divorce issues, you may expect to have to enter a contested divorce. With this, you will need to go to an Illinois court and the outcome of your divorce will likely be decided by an Illinois judge. That is, a judge is needed to intervene in the following disagreements:

  • Alimony: when you and your spouse cannot agree on whether one should make or receive spousal maintenance payments for temporary or long-term support.
  • Marital property division: when you and your spouse cannot agree on how to fairly and justly distribute your marital property, especially when they hold sentimental value.
  • Child custody: when you and your spouse cannot agree on whether one should be granted physical custody, legal custody, or visitation of your child.
  • Child support: when you and your spouse cannot agree on whether one should make or receive support payments for your child.

Throughout this litigation, a New York judge will consider varying factors that work toward of the best interest of each party involved. They will have the final decision on your divorce settlement agreement.

Is it necessary to go to a Pekin County court for my uncontested divorce?

When you and your spouse amicably agree on all divorce-related issues, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, property (and debt) division, etc., then an uncontested divorce is a feasible option.

The most common method is mediated divorce. This alternate dispute resolution does not take place in the presence of a New York court. Rather, it will occur in a private setting with the help of an unbiased, third-party mediator. Ultimately, you and your spouse will have the final say on your divorce settlement agreement.

Since all divorce terms have such significant implications, it is easy to see how an uncontested divorce could quickly turn into a contested one. Disagreeing on even one aspect of your divorce is enough for your divorce to become contested. This is why it is so important you hire a talented Tazewell County uncontested divorce lawyer as immediately as possible.

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Contact Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C., today for effective and compassionate legal counsel for the following legal matters: divorce, alimony, division of marital assets, child custody, and child support.

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