Whether or not to hire an attorney to help you end your marriage is always a complicated question. While many young couples without children or significant debt or assets can successfully file for divorce on their own, the majority of divorcing couples would be taking a major risk not hiring an attorney. Although many people are concerned that hiring an attorney will be too expensive, employing the help of an attorney actually increases the chances you will save money on child support, spousal maintenance, and other costs. Hiring an attorney to represent you during your divorce can benefit you in many ways.
Save Time and Frustration
The American legal system is one of the best in the world, but it can be tedious to navigate. Divorces, especially complicated or high net worth cases, can require seemingly endless amounts of paperwork, signatures, meetings, and legwork. Because divorce is often a deeply emotional process, some people find that they are simply unable to handle the added stress of managing the legal aspects of their divorce alone. An experienced family law attorney can help streamline the divorce process, saving you valuable time and resources.
Ensure Accuracy and Eliminate Mistakes
Illinois is different than many other states in that it is an “equitable distribution” state. This means that during property division in a divorce, the property and assets a couple has accumulated are not divided 50/50. Illinois courts look at many factors when dividing marital property and always attempt to do so in a way that is equitable and fair. However, without a thorough analysis of each spouse’s financial circumstances, it can be difficult for courts to make a completely informed decision. A family law attorney can help you value your assets and represent debt and income accurately. This helps ensure that you are not shortchanged due to miscalculation or oversight.
Courts also have wide discretion when it comes to assigning child support. Although the amount a spouse will have to pay in child support is calculated based on a set series of factors, the courts consider the income of each spouse as well. If you have misrepresented your financial standing to the court, the court may mistakenly order you to pay more child support than you should have to pay.
Experienced St. Charles, Illinois Lawyers
Television and movies have dramatically misled the average person regarding divorce. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation and bad advice circulating the internet. The only way to ensure you are receiving legally sound advice is to speak with a knowledgeable Kane County divorce attorney. If you are planning to get divorced, call Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. at (630) 377-7770 today.