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4 Must-Dos to Save Your Marriage: Insights from Masters Law Group

Trying to save your marriage feels like protecting a fragile journey that both of you have embarked on together. It’s about protecting the bond that connects your hearts, especially when facing tough times.

Please note: This article is not for individuals in a dangerous or abusive environment. If you or your children are at risk, seek immediate help via this link for Illinois’ Domestic Violence assistance, or call the Domestic Violence Helpline: 

  • 1-877-TO END DV or 1-877-863-6338 (Voice)
  • 1-877-863-6339 (TTY)

The hotline is toll free, confidential, multilingual, and open 24-hour.

63% of people who divorced said having a better understanding of commitment prior to marrying could have stopped their union from collapsing. More than half said that if they had a better understanding of their spouse’s morals and values prior to getting married, they might still be together.

At Masters Law Group, we empathize with the intricate dynamics of relationships, recognizing the strains that may push couples toward contemplating divorce. However, before taking that significant step, there are crucial actions you can take that could salvage your relationship. Here are four must-dos to try and save your marriage, grounded in professional insight and practical advice.

1. PRIORITIZE OPEN AND HONEST COMMUNICATION

Communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship. Misunderstandings, resentment, and emotional distance can easily creep in without it. Many couples drift apart simply because they stop talking to each other. At Masters Law Group, we’ve seen how poor communication often precedes the decision to file for divorce. If you’re looking to save your marriage, here are some tips to help move communication:

  • Schedule Regular Check-Ins: Make it a habit to sit down and discuss your feelings, concerns, and expectations. This doesn’t have to be formal—sometimes, the best conversations happen over coffee or during a walk in the park.
  • Active Listening: Listen to your partner without interrupting. Validate their feelings and show empathy. Often, people want to feel heard and understood.
  • Avoid Blame Games: Focus on expressing your feelings using “I” statements rather than blaming your partner. For instance, say, “I feel neglected when you come home late” instead of “You never come home on time.”
  • Seek Professional Help: Sometimes, a neutral third party, like a marriage counselor, can facilitate better communication. Therapy can provide tools and strategies to improve your dialogue and resolve conflicts effectively.

2. REIGNITING THE SPARK TO SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE

Over time, it’s natural for the initial passion in a relationship to fade. However, maintaining emotional and physical intimacy is crucial for a healthy marriage. At Masters Law Group, we often hear from clients who feel their marriages have become more like business partnerships than romantic ones. Here are some ways you can help reignite that spark:

  • Date Nights: Regularly set aside time for just the two of you. Whether it’s a fancy dinner out or a cozy night in, make sure it’s something you both enjoy.
  • Surprise Each Other: Small, unexpected gestures can go a long way in making your partner feel special. This could be a handwritten note, a favorite snack, or a spontaneous weekend getaway.
  • Physical Touch: Don’t underestimate the power of touch. Hold hands, hug, and make time for intimacy. Physical closeness can strengthen your bond and reinforce your connection.
  • Shared Activities: Find hobbies or activities that you both enjoy. This can create shared experiences and memories, reinforcing your bond.

3. ADDRESS AND RESOLVE CONFLICTS CONSTRUCTIVELY

Every couple argues—it’s a natural part of any relationship. However, how you handle these conflicts can make or break your marriage. At Masters Law Group, we’ve observed that unresolved conflicts can lead to long-term resentment and, eventually, marriage breakdown. Here are some strategies for conflict resolution:

  • Stay Calm: Avoid raising your voice or letting anger take control. Take a break if needed to cool down before discussing the issue.
  • Focus on the Issue, Not the Person: Attack the problem, not your partner. Stay focused on resolving the issue rather than bringing up past grievances or personal attacks.
  • Compromise: Be willing to meet in the middle. Relationships are about give and take; sometimes, finding a middle ground is the best solution.
  • Agree to Disagree: Recognize that you won’t agree on everything. It’s okay to have different opinions as long as you respect each other’s perspectives.

4. BUILD A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM

Having a robust support system can provide the emotional and practical help you need to navigate the ups and downs of marriage. At Masters Law Group, we understand that external support can often provide a fresh perspective and much-needed encouragement during tough times.

  • Family and Friends: Lean on trusted family members and friends who can offer advice and support. They can provide a different perspective and remind you of the love and commitment you have for each other.
  • Couples Therapy: Professional counseling can offer strategies and tools to strengthen your relationship. Therapists can help you understand each other better and work through issues constructively.
  • Support Groups: Joining a support group for couples can provide a sense of community. Sharing experiences with others in similar situations can be comforting and informative.
  • Self-Care: Taking care of your mental and physical health is crucial. When you feel good about yourself, you can bring a more positive attitude to your relationship.

WHEN TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP

Despite your best efforts, there are times when the challenges in a marriage may feel insurmountable. If you’ve tried these strategies and still find your relationship struggling, it may be time to seek professional help. 

At Masters Law Group, we offer comprehensive family law services, including divorce, mediation, and counseling referrals. We aim to help you save your marriage, and we understand that divorce is sometimes the best option for both parties.

Our divorce attorneys are here to help provide compassionate and knowledgeable support through every step of the divorce process. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

In order to help save your marriage requires effort, commitment, and a willingness to seek help. Divorce is a difficult journey, but couples in DuPage County and across Illinois can access professional help to make the process smoother for everyone involved. Masters Law Group offers guidance on divorce and mediation, helping you find the best path forward for you and your family. 

Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation.

Navigating Civil Unions During Pride Month

June is known worldwide as Pride Month, a time when the LGBTQ+ community and its allies come together to advocate for a more inclusive future. As we celebrate Pride Month, we must recognize civil unions’ role in providing legal protection for same-sex couples.

Illinois became the first state to legalize civil unions on June 1, 2011. For many same-sex couples, civil unions represent the legal acknowledgment of their relationship, offering rights and responsibilities similar to those of marriage. However, navigating the legal complexities of civil unions can be challenging, especially in jurisdictions where LGBTQ+ rights are still evolving. In this blog, we will explore civil unions, dissolutions, and how a family law attorney can help. Here’s what you should know.

What Is A Civil Union?

Civil unions allow two adults of the same or opposite sex to enter a legally recognized relationship. Contrary to a common misconception, civil unions are not exclusive to same-sex couples. Same-sex and opposite-sex couples can enter into a civil union in Illinois. Partners entering a civil union are entitled to the same legal obligations, protections, and benefits that state law provides to married spouses, including:

  • Property rights.
  • Healthcare decisions.
  • Inheritance rights.
  • Access to family-related legal protections.

Civil unions help ensure that couples receive equal treatment and recognition under state law. Understanding the distinction between state and federal recognition is vital for couples considering a civil union. However, if you have entered a civil union with your partner but have decided to move on, you will need a civil union dissolution.

Understanding Civil Union Dissolution

In Illinois, the process of dissolving a civil union follows similar procedures to that of a traditional divorce. A party to a civil union may petition the Court to dissolve the civil union just as with the Dissolution of Marriage. You must draft a Petition to Dissolve a Civil Union alleging similar facts as in a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and follow similar procedures below. Here is a closer look at the dissolution process and what a family law attorney can guide you through:

  1. File a Petition to Dissolve a Civil Union with the county circuit court clerk where it was granted.
  2. Provide the respondent with a copy of the petition and a summons, notifying them of the dissolution proceedings.
  3. Attempt to reach a settlement agreement through negotiation or mediation outside of Court.
  4. The case may proceed to trial if no settlement is reached or there are contested issues.
  5. The Court will issue a final judgment of dissolution.
  6. After dissolution, obtain a certified copy of the Dissolution of Civil Union records from the county circuit court clerk for legal documentation.

Consulting with a divorce attorney experienced in civil union law can help ensure that the process proceeds smoothly and that your rights are protected.

The Role of a Family Law Attorney

Establishing or dissolving a civil union can create unique challenges and legal complexities. At Masters Law Group, our attorneys provide professional legal representation for civil unions. Our attorneys have dedicated years and resources to understanding and fighting for LGBTQ+ rights. To showcase our experience, here are a few ways we can help:

  • Experienced Mediators: Erin E. Masters is approved as a Mediator for the Cook County Domestic Relations Division and offers private mediation services. The firm’s mediation counselors have extensive experience in family law and are skilled in facilitating productive discussions between divorcing spouses.
  • Experienced Litigators: Our attorneys meticulously prepare legal arguments, gather evidence, and strategically plan to help secure your most favorable outcome.
  • Conflict Resolution: Our divorce attorneys are well-rounded in conflict resolution. We focus on finding peaceful solutions for all parties involved, including their children.
  • Protecting Your Interests: Masters Law Group attorneys work to protect your legal rights and the best interests of you and your children.

LGBTQ+ individuals can benefit from accessing diverse community resources tailored to their needs, complementing the assistance a family law attorney provides. These resources offer emotional support, legal guidance, and connections within the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Community Resources

Chicago, Illinois, boasts a vibrant LGBTQ+ community with numerous resources dedicated to supporting individuals in civil unions. The Center on Halsted is a comprehensive LGBTQ+ community center offering various services, including legal clinics, counseling, and support groups.

The Howard Brown Health Center also provides LGBTQ+-affirming healthcare services, including primary care, mental health services, and special programs for transgender and non-binary individuals. 

The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance focuses on creating safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ youth in schools through advocacy and education. These organizations are vital in providing support, resources, and community connections for individuals in civil unions.

Celebrating Pride Month With Masters Law Group

As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s essential to recognize the ongoing struggles of same-sex couples. Seeking the guidance of a knowledgeable family law attorney can help individuals navigate civil unions successfully.

At Masters Law Group, we provide professional and individualized legal representation for various family law concerns, including civil unions. Our firm has dedicated considerable time to becoming knowledgeable and up-to-date in this new area of family law. Whether you want to form a civil union or need a civil union dissolution, we will take the time to fully understand your situation and provide honest advice regarding your options.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Divorce In The Forces: PTSD

As we observe Military Appreciation Month this May, it’s essential to acknowledge the challenges faced by military families, particularly when it comes to issues like mental health problems and navigating divorce.

While at its core, military divorce shares common legal aspects with civilian divorces, complexities arise with military pensions, child custody arrangements, and other family law matters, often causing tensions between the separating spouses. Moreover, when mental health challenges such as depression and PTSD, prevalent among military personnel, are factored in, navigating this emotionally fraught journey becomes even more delicate and intricate.

Mental Health in The Military

The lifestyle of military families and the multiple stressors that military partners face can lead to anxiety as well as major depressive disorder. It is important to be aware of such where there’s anxiety; you may also find major depressive disorder.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 7 out of every 100 Veterans (or 7%) will have PTSD. In the general population, 6 out of every 100 adults (or 6%) will have PTSD in their lifetime. PTSD is also more common among female Veterans (13 out of 100, or 13%) versus male Veterans (6 out of 100, or 6%). We are learning more about transgender Veterans and those who do not identify as male or female (non-binary). PTSD can affect how couples get along with each other. It can also directly affect the mental health of partners.

A subsequent study by Combat Stress asked veterans’ partners about their experiences of living with someone with PTSD. The results showed that partners face challenges, including inequality in their relationship, loss of their own identity, living in a volatile environment, and emotional distress and isolation.

Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Divorce

PTSD is a mental health condition that can arise following exposure to or witnessing a traumatic event. The impact of PTSD can reverberate throughout every facet of a relationship, manifesting in communication breakdowns and even violent outbursts. Common symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about an event. 

According to the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS), Veterans with PTSD exhibit a higher likelihood of experiencing marital difficulties. The study revealed that Veterans with PTSD:

  • Are twice as likely to undergo divorce.
  • Are three times more prone to multiple divorces.
  • Tend to have shorter-lasting relationships.

It’s crucial to understand that these symptoms stem not from choice or weakness but from profound psychological trauma. If you are a spouse navigating a partner’s PTSD, patience, compassion, and education are paramount. Let’s explore some tips for navigating PTSD and divorce.

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Navigating PTSD & Divorce

Navigating divorce with a military spouse requires a delicate balance of empathy, understanding, and practical support. Understanding what your spouse is going through can help you respond with compassion. While being supportive is important, setting boundaries to protect your well-being is also essential. Make it clear what behavior is acceptable and what is not, and be prepared to enforce those boundaries if necessary.

While these strategies can help manage the challenges of divorce with a spouse with PTSD and other mental health issues, there may come a point where professional help is necessary. Here are some signs that it may be time to seek professional help:

  • Escalating Conflict: If conflicts with your spouse are becoming more frequent or intense, and attempts to resolve them have been unsuccessful, it may be time to involve a professional mediator or divorce attorney.
  • Safety Concerns: If you or your children feel unsafe or threatened by your spouse’s behavior, it’s essential to take steps to protect yourselves, which may include seeking a protective order or filing for divorce.
  • Lack of Progress: If your spouse is unwilling or unable to seek treatment for their PTSD, or if their symptoms are not improving despite treatment, it may be time to involve a mediator or divorce attorney.

Recognizing the right time to seek assistance from a divorce attorney is essential. It’s crucial to work with a divorce attorney who has experience in handling cases involving military families and comprehends the intricacies of PTSD.

What You’ll Need To File A Divorce

If you’re a military family, there are some limitations on what you can do regarding filing for divorce. When couples find themselves struggling to resolve conflict, and divorce seems like more and more of a reality, many parents question whether or not they should stay or pursue separation. Often, the best way to approach possible psychological issues in a military divorce is the same way they should be approached in every divorce, albeit with some unique additions.

The Federal Service Members Civil Relief Act of 2003 requires a person seeking a divorce to state their spouse is not a member of the U.S. armed forces. This rule prevents spouses from divorcing military members who could not attend divorce proceedings.

If your spouse is a member of the military, you can pursue a divorce as long as they consent. However, they have to sign a defendant’s affidavit of consent. Even though there are a few added rules regarding the military divorce process, the remaining process is similar to civilian divorce. You will still need to agree on the following:

In many cases, you can file for a no-fault divorce (Illinois is a No-Fault Divorce State) if you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce. If not, however, an experienced divorce lawyer can help mediate your dispute and draft a settlement agreement. 

How a Divorce Attorney Can Help

We understand that military life can be difficult for families, especially when divorce is involved. At Masters Law Group, we consider all aspects of military life when working with our clients during their divorces. Here are some areas where we can help guide you:

  • Parenting Plans: If you have children, it’s essential to work closely with your attorney to determine the most suitable arrangements for allocating parental responsibilities and visitation. We aim to help create arrangements that prioritize your children’s well-being and best interests.
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution: We encourage exploring options like mediation and collaborative divorce, which can facilitate mutually beneficial agreements outside the courtroom. Our family law attorneys will skillfully guide you through these processes, representing your interests and helping you secure a smoother negotiation experience.
  • Post-Divorce Modifications: Life can bring unexpected changes even after the divorce is finalized. Circumstances may arise that require modifications to parental responsibilities, visitation, or support arrangements. Our attorneys are here to assist you in addressing these changes promptly and effectively, helping protect your rights and the interests of your children.

Working with a divorce attorney can help you confidently navigate the complexities of divorce and help reduce stress. Your rights and the well-being of your family are our top priorities.

Final Thoughts

PTSD, depression, and divorce can be a match made in hell. If you are seeking divorce in the military, you don’t have to go it alone. At Masters Law Group, we move through settlement negotiations, mediation, or litigation with our clients’ assurance and well-being in mind.

Whether you are facing a contested divorce, uncontested divorce, or civil union divorce in the forces this Military Appreciation Month, our firm’s attorneys are ready to skillfully advocate for your position and provide your voice when you need it most.

Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation.

Divorce vs. Mediation – Which Path is Right for You?

When deciding how to handle a divorce, it’s important to consider the benefits of traditional divorce versus mediation. Each approach has its benefits and drawbacks, so understanding the differences is key to making the right choice for you and your family. 

Divorce can be emotionally challenging no matter where you are in life. Masters Law Group, based in DuPage County, Illinois, with offices in downtown Chicago, is committed to helping couples navigate these tough decisions and offers a comprehensive approach to divorce resolution. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding Divorce

Divorce involves each party retaining their attorney to represent their interests in court. This process can be adversarial, with a judge often making negotiations and decisions if the parties cannot agree. There are three major types of divorce: contested, uncontested, and civil union. 

Contested divorce occurs when there are contentions between spouses and requires numerous steps. An uncontested divorce occurs when there is agreement on all aspects of the divorce. Civil union divorce follows similar divorce processes, but the couple leaves the state where they were granted civil union. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of divorce.

Divorce Litigation Pros:

  1. Legal Advocacy: Each spouse has dedicated legal representation to navigate the complexities of divorce laws and procedures.
  2. Court Intervention: A judge can resolve disputes when the couple cannot reach agreements on their own.
  3. Protection in High-Conflict Situations: In high-conflict cases, where emotions run extremely high or concerns about safety and abuse arise, litigation may provide a more structured and protective environment. Court orders can include provisions for restraining orders, protective orders, and supervised visitation to help ensure the safety of all parties involved.

Divorce Litigation Cons:

  1. Longer Resolution Process: Laws vary by state, and the process begins with how long one has lived in the state before filing for a divorce. The process can vary depending on the type of divorce. Contested divorces usually take over a year to finalize—although divorces can be completed in as little as three months.
  2. Impact on Children: The contentious nature of traditional divorce can have a negative impact on the children involved, potentially leading to increased stress and emotional difficulties.
  3. Lengthy Resolution of Disputes: Divorce can take longer to resolve disputes over issues like property division or allocation of parental responsibilities, further prolonging the overall process.

Understanding Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation involves a neutral third-party mediator facilitating discussions between the spouses to reach mutually acceptable agreements. Unlike judges, a mediator cannot decide for you or your spouse. Their job is to keep you and your spouse focused on your needs and interests instead of faults.

When a couple begins divorce mediation, they choose the mediator in advance, or the court may appoint one. Both spouses provide documentation to support their viewpoints regarding disputed issues, while the mediator works with both sides to find a resolution. The mediator’s job is to reach an agreement between the two parties. Here are the pros and cons of divorce mediation.

Divorce Mediation Pros:

  1. Faster Resolution: Mediation often leads to a quicker resolution than a court-based divorce. Mediation sessions can be scheduled at the convenience of the parties involved, and they can work at their own pace, leading to a faster outcome.
  2. Reduced Conflict: Mediation often helps couples improve their communication skills and learn effective ways to resolve conflicts, which can lead to the resolution of family disputes.
  3. Reduced Post-Divorce Disputes: Because mediated agreements are reached through mutual understanding and cooperation, there may be fewer post-divorce disputes and a higher likelihood of compliance with the agreed-upon terms.

Divorce Mediation Cons:

  1. Voluntary Participation: Both parties must be willing to engage in meaningful negotiations for mediation to be successful.
  2. Potential Inequity: Without legal representation, one spouse may feel disadvantaged in negotiating legal and financial matters.
  3. Not Suitable for All Cases: Mediation may not be appropriate for high-conflict divorces or situations involving domestic abuse or significant power imbalances.

How a DuPage Divorce Attorney Can Help

Whether you choose traditional divorce or mediation, consulting with a skilled DuPage divorce attorney is crucial to protect your rights and interests. Masters Law Group’s divorce and mediation attorneys are fully prepared to advocate for you and your family. Here’s how our attorneys can help you:

  • Experienced Mediators: Erin E. Masters has been approved as a Mediator for the Cook County Domestic Relations Division and offers private mediation services. The firm’s mediation counselors have extensive experience in family law and are skilled in facilitating productive discussions between divorcing spouses.
  • Experienced Litigators: A skilled litigator has the experience to present your case effectively before the judge. They meticulously prepare legal arguments, gather evidence, and strategically plan to help secure your most favorable outcome.
  • Conflict Resolution: They are professionals in conflict resolution, focusing on finding peaceful solutions for both parties and their children.
  • Protecting Your Interests: Masters Law Group attorneys work to protect your legal rights and the best interests of you and your children.

Our senior attorneys, Erin E. Masters and Anthony G. Joseph, are highly esteemed professionals recognized by prestigious publications, including Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers. This highly esteemed recognition provides you with trustworthy guidance during your divorce process.

Moving Forward With Confidence

Divorce is a difficult journey, but couples in DuPage County and across Illinois can access professional help to make the process smoother for everyone involved. Masters Law Group offers guidance on divorce and mediation, helping you find the best path forward for you and your family. We aim to help you achieve a resolution, allowing everyone to move onwards with peace of mind.

Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation.

DuPage Divorce Mediation

The emotional turbulence of divorce and navigating the legal intricacies can seem daunting and overwhelming. However, in DuPage County, Illinois, there’s a pathway that offers a more amicable and efficient resolution: divorce mediation.

With the United States ranking third globally in divorce rates, at 2.4 divorces per 1,000 people, the need for effective resolution methods is more pressing than ever. In this blog, we’ll explore mediation and how a DuPage divorce lawyer can help you with the process. Here’s what to expect when pursuing this alternative method of resolution.

What Is Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that involves a neutral third party who facilitates communication between the parties to help them reach a mutually beneficial solution. Unlike a judge, the mediator does not make decisions for the parties; instead, they help them reach their agreement.

Mediation typically begins with both parties meeting with their mediator to discuss the issues at hand. The mediator then facilitates communication between the parties, helping them identify and address their concerns. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator drafts a written contract that both parties can sign.

In some cases, mediation may not be successful; especially surrounding domestic violence or substance abuse.  For those who have a more “black and white” separation vision, mediation helps the parties better understand each other’s positions and concerns, making future negotiations more straightforward. 

When Can You Use Mediation in DuPage?

In DuPage County, mediation can be used at any stage of the divorce process, whether before filing for divorce or during litigation. It’s particularly encouraged when couples wish to maintain a cooperative relationship and have more control over the outcome of their divorce.

Mediation offers a more private, confidential, and intimate setting, which can help to alleviate some of the stress associated with divorce. Parties can work together to resolve their issues in a safe environment without the added pressure of a courtroom setting. These agreements are typically confidential, meaning the dispute and resolution details are kept private. It can help protect the parties’ privacy and avoid potential negative publicity from a public trial.

How Does Divorce Mediation Work?

Before diving into mediation, some groundwork is necessary. Start by gathering all pertinent information and documents related to the disputes in your divorce. For instance, if there’s contention over whether certain assets are marital or separate property, assemble the relevant financial records. 

Certain mediators may request this information as part of the initial intake process. Here’s how the process typically unfolds:

  • Choosing a Mediator: Couples typically select a mediator together, helping ensure they feel comfortable with the individual facilitating their discussions.
  • Initial Meeting: The mediator meets with both spouses to discuss the process, set ground rules, and identify the issues that must be resolved.
  • Negotiation Sessions: Over several sessions, the spouses, along with their attorneys if they choose to have legal representation, engage in discussions facilitated by the mediator. The goal is to reach mutually agreeable solutions on all aspects of the divorce.
  • Drafting the Agreement: Once agreements are reached, the mediator assists in drafting a legally binding agreement that reflects the decisions made by the couple.

What If You Don’t Reach an Agreement in Mediation?

While mediation aims to find common ground and reach agreements on all issues, it’s not uncommon for certain matters to remain unresolved. In such cases, couples have several options:

  • Continue Mediation: If only a few sticking points prevent a full agreement, couples can choose to continue mediation sessions to work through these remaining issues.
  • Seek Alternative Dispute Resolution: If mediation proves unsuccessful, couples may explore forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or collaborative law. These methods offer different approaches to resolving conflicts outside of traditional litigation.
  • Litigation: Couples may resort to litigation for those specific matters when mediation fails to produce a comprehensive agreement. This involves presenting unresolved issues to a judge, who will then make decisions on behalf of the couple.

It’s worth noting that even partial agreements reached through mediation can still offer benefits. Resolving some issues through mediation can help streamline the litigation process, reducing the time and costs associated with court proceedings. Working with a DuPage divorce attorney can help you find the right solution based on your needs and goals.

Finalizing a Mediated Dissolution In DuPage County

Once the mediated agreement is drafted, it must be reviewed and approved by each spouse’s respective attorney before being submitted to the court for final approval. Upon approval, the mediated agreement becomes a court order, legally binding to both parties. 

Having a trustworthy divorce attorney by your side can help ensure a smooth transition. Our team of experienced divorce mediation attorneys is fully prepared to advocate for you and your family.

Erin E. Masters and Anthony G. Joseph have consistently earned recognition from esteemed publications year after year (including Best Lawyers, Best Law Firm, Top 100 Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers), a testament to their unwavering work ethic, strong character, and experience in family law. Our track record of success reassures you that you have a reliable and dependable ally throughout your divorce mediation proceedings.

Working with a DuPage Divorce Lawyer

While mediation is designed to be a collaborative process, having a DuPage mediator by your side can help provide valuable support and guidance. At Masters Law Group, serving clients in Cook County and DuPage County, Illinois, our experienced attorneys understand that divorce is stressful for everyone involved. 

We prioritize our clients’ assurance and well-being throughout the mediation process. Whether you are facing mediation, a contested, uncontested, or a civil union divorce, our attorneys are ready to skillfully advocate for your position and provide your voice when you need it most.

Contact us here today to schedule a consultation.

DuPage Divorce Attorney: The Valentine’s Day Effect

Flowers, romantic cards, and proclamations of undying love for one another; Valentine’s Day is known as the day of love for a reason. Unfortunately, for many people, Valentine’s Day is a day for ending relationships and obtaining divorces, too.

In the weeks leading up to and after Valentine’s Day, requests for information about divorce experienced a surge of 40 percent (law.com). For individuals in DuPage County, Illinois, and across Chicagoland, Valentine’s Day may shed light on the complexities within their marriages.

Valentine’s Day is a day that celebrates love and affection, but for some couples, it’s not such a happy holiday as divorce rates surge. During challenging times, a DuPage divorce attorney can be a crucial ally, providing guidance and support through the emotional and legal aspects of ending a marriage. Here’s what you need to know.

UNDERSTANDING THE VALENTINE’S DAY EFFECT

While Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate love and connection, for certain couples, it can evolve into a stark reminder of the underlying issues in their relationships. Yet, when we delve deeper into the broader context of Valentine’s Day, it becomes clear why this time of year can be particularly revealing.

Unmet expectations, unresolved conflicts, and a pervasive sense of dissatisfaction may all surface leading up to and on this day. These negative emotions may prompt individuals to reassess the foundations of their marriages. This phenomenon, commonly referred to as the “Valentine’s Day Effect,” has the potential to lead some couples to the difficult decision of pursuing a divorce. 

Why Couples Seek Divorce

On top of dealing with the “Valentine’s Day Effect,” various other factors can lead to divorce. This study found that the following factors can increase a couple’s risk of divorce:

  • A lack of communication
  • Infidelity
  • Conflict and arguing
  • Marrying too young
  • Financial issues
  • Substance abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Health issues
  • Lack of family support
  • Religious differences
  • Lack of premarital education

It’s important to note that Illinois operates as a no-fault divorce state, requiring only irreconcilable differences as grounds, eliminating the need to prove fault for divorce.

MEDIATION AND ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

A seasoned DuPage divorce attorney possesses the legal experience necessary to navigate the complex terrain of divorce proceedings. Emotions can run high during a divorce, and decisions made in the heat of the moment may have long-lasting consequences. A divorce attorney acts as a level-headed and objective advisor, helping clients make informed decisions based on their best interests rather than emotions.

It’s important to note that not all divorces need to be contentious courtroom battles. A skilled divorce attorney can help you explore alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, to facilitate open communication and negotiation between the parties involved. These lower-conflict avenues often result in a more amicable resolution.

Divorce is a complex and emotionally charged journey that often requires the guidance of seasoned family law professionals. At Masters Law Group, our experienced family law attorneys provide valuable assistance, helping to ensure that your rights and the best interests of you and your children remain at the forefront of every decision.

ILLINOIS ASSET DIVISION

If you file for divorce, you may be wondering what will happen to the financial house you built together. Division of assets is a significant aspect of divorce proceedings. When couples get a divorce in Illinois, the courts don’t split everything down the middle like in certain other states. Instead, Illinois follows a more intricate approach called “equitable distribution.” Here’s how it works:

  1. Contribution to the Marriage: The court looks at what each spouse brought to the marriage regarding money and non-money contributions like caring for the home or children.
  2. Duration of the Marriage: How long the marriage lasted matters, as it can affect how assets are divided.
  3. Economic Circumstances: Each spouse’s financial situation, including income and needs, is considered.
  4. Non-Marital Property: Things owned before marriage or received as gifts or inheritance during marriage may not be split.
  5. Custodial Arrangements: If there are kids, the court looks at custody and how it impacts finances.
  6. Spousal Support (Alimony): Whether one spouse needs support payments is factored in.
  7. Tax Consequences: Taxes resulting from asset division are also considered to make things fair.
  8. Wasteful Dissipation: If one spouse recklessly spends or wastes money, it can affect the division.
  9. Agreements: Any agreements made before or during the marriage, like prenups, are considered if they meet legal standards.

Remember, “equitable distribution” doesn’t always mean a perfect 50/50 split. It’s about creating a fair and just arrangement based on each family’s unique situation. This process can be tricky, so it’s a good idea to work with a skilled family law attorney to help ensure your rights are protected during asset division in Illinois.

HOW A DUPAGE DIVORCE ATTORNEY CAN HELP

If you’re looking for a top lawyer in Illinois, consider working with the DuPage divorce attorneys at Masters Law Group. Our firm has earned a top spot on the Best Law Firms 2023 list by Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report, and we are highly esteemed and respected by leading peer review publications such as Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers. 

Furthermore, our senior attorneys, Erin E. Masters, and Anthony G. Joseph, have been recognized by these prestigious publications year after year, showcasing their strong work ethic, character, and skill in family law, so you can rest assured you have someone you can trust throughout your divorce proceedings.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Valentine’s Day isn’t all about love and romance. For some, it could be a wake-up call or the final straw when it comes to divorce. 

If you are experiencing “The Valentine’s Day Effect” or simply want to learn more about initiating the divorce process, we can help. For questions regarding divorce and other family law matters in DuPage County, contact Chicagoland’s premier family law group here today to schedule a consultation.

Divorce Mediation vs. Litigation

Divorce mediation or litigation? When couples decide to end their marriage, they often choose between the two. While both approaches have their merits, it’s crucial to understand the differences and consider your options carefully. 

Divorce is a challenging and emotional process, no matter where you are at in life. Masters Law Group, located in Oak Brook, Illinois, with offices in downtown Chicago, is a law firm committed to helping couples navigate these difficult decisions and offers a comprehensive approach to divorce resolution. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding Divorce Mediation

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where an impartial or neutral mediator helps guide you and your spouse in settlement efforts. Unlike judges, a mediator cannot decide for you or your spouse. Their job is to keep you and your spouse focused on your needs and interests instead of faults and rights.

When a couple begins divorce mediation, they choose the mediator in advance, or the court may appoint one. Both spouses provide documentation to support their viewpoints regarding disputed issues while the mediator works with both sides to find a resolution. The mediator’s goal is to reach an agreement between the two parties. 

Benefits of Divorce Mediation include:

  1. Faster Resolution: Mediation often leads to a quicker resolution than a court-based divorce. Mediation sessions can be scheduled at the convenience of the parties involved, and they can work at their own pace, leading to a faster outcome.
  2. Greater Control: In mediation, the divorcing couple retains control over the outcome and decisions made. They actively participate in crafting agreements that best suit their unique needs and circumstances, rather than having a judge impose decisions on them.
  3. Less Emotional Stress: Mediation tends to be less adversarial and confrontational compared to litigation. It provides a more supportive and less combative environment, which can reduce the emotional stress and conflict associated with divorce.
  4. Confidentiality: Mediation is a private process, and discussions that occur during mediation are generally confidential. This allows both parties to speak openly and honestly without fear of their statements being used against them in court.
  5. Preservation of Relationships: For divorcing couples who will continue to co-parent or have ongoing relationships, mediation can help maintain a more amicable and cooperative atmosphere, which can be beneficial for both parties and any children involved.
  6. Customized Solutions: Mediation allows for creative and customized solutions that take into account the specific needs and concerns of the divorcing couple and their children. This flexibility can result in more tailored agreements than what a court might provide.
  7. Reduced Court Involvement: Since many issues are resolved through mediation, there may be fewer court appearances and less time spent navigating the legal system, reducing the overall burden on both parties.
  8. Improved Communication Skills: Mediation often helps couples improve their communication skills and learn effective ways to resolve conflicts, which can be valuable skills for future interactions and co-parenting.
  9. Reduced Post-Divorce Disputes: Because mediated agreements are typically reached through mutual understanding and cooperation, there may be fewer post-divorce disputes and a higher likelihood of compliance with the agreed-upon terms.

Divorce Mediation Drawbacks

While mediation offers numerous benefits, it’s important to acknowledge the potential drawbacks. These drawbacks come into play when the parties involved are unwilling to engage in constructive negotiation. Successful mediation hinges on the commitment of all parties to resolve. Issues that remain unresolved can lead to additional expenses and extended negotiation timelines.

In addition to understanding the advantages and disadvantages of mediation, it’s valuable to discern when mediation is the most appropriate choice for your unique situation. Some cases that are particularly well-suited for mediation include:

  1. Partnership disagreements
  2. Contract issues
  3. Will contests
  4. Employment issues
  5. Divorce
  6. Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

By recognizing the strengths and limitations of mediation, individuals can make informed decisions regarding their conflict resolution needs.

Understanding Litigation

Divorce litigation is a legal process used to resolve the issues surrounding the dissolution of a marriage when couples cannot reach an agreement on their own. This approach involves taking the divorce case to court, where a judge will make decisions on key matters, including property division, child custody, and spousal support if the spouses cannot agree to negotiation or mediation.

Here’s a breakdown of how divorce litigation typically works:

  • Filing a Petition: The process begins with one spouse filing a divorce petition, formally initiating the divorce proceedings.
  • Legal Representation: Both spouses hire their attorneys to represent their respective interests. These attorneys will provide guidance, negotiate on behalf of their clients, and advocate for their rights during court proceedings.
  • Court Proceedings: Divorce litigation involves court hearings, legal motions, and formal discovery processes where each side gathers evidence and information.
  • Decision by the Judge: Ultimately, a judge will make decisions on the disputed issues, often after a trial. The judge has the final say, and the outcome is out of the hands of the divorcing couple.

Here are some potential benefits of litigation over mediation:

  1. Adjudication by a Judge: In litigation, the divorce case is presented to a judge who makes legally binding decisions on the issues in dispute, such as property division, child custody, and alimony. If you believe that your interests are not being adequately protected in mediation, or if there are serious disagreements that cannot be resolved through negotiation, going to court allows for a neutral third party to make the final decisions.
  2. Legal Protections: Litigation offers a more formalized legal process with established rules and procedures. This can provide legal protections to ensure fairness and adherence to the law. In some cases, individuals may be concerned that mediation could lead to agreements that are not legally sound or enforceable.
  3. Discovery Process: Litigation allows for the use of legal tools such as depositions, subpoenas, and interrogatories to gather evidence and information from the opposing party. This can be crucial in complex cases where there are concerns about hidden assets or uncooperative spouses.
  4. Enforcement of Court Orders: Court-ordered judgments are enforceable by law. If one party fails to comply with the court’s orders, the other party can seek legal remedies through the court system to enforce the judgment.
  5. Binding Decisions: In litigation, the judge’s decisions are binding and final, providing a clear resolution to the divorce case. This can reduce the potential for ongoing disputes or disagreements after the divorce is finalized.
  6. Protection in High-Conflict Situations: In cases of high conflict, where emotions run extremely high or there are concerns about safety and abuse, litigation may provide a more structured and protective environment. Court orders can include provisions for restraining orders, protective orders, and supervised visitation to ensure the safety of all parties involved.
  7. Clear Legal Precedent: Litigation can establish legal precedent in certain cases, which can be important for clarifying legal issues and setting standards for future cases. This can be particularly relevant in cases involving complex legal questions.

It’s important to note that litigation can also be more time-consuming, emotionally draining, and potentially more expensive than mediation.

Litigation Drawbacks

While divorce litigation can resolve challenging cases, it also comes with certain drawbacks that individuals should be aware of when considering this route. It’s important to know that this option can become a long endeavor, characterized by multiple court appearances, filing legal motions, and extensive documentation. 

In litigation, the ultimate determinations rest with the judge, reducing the divorcing couple’s control over the outcome. Furthermore, court proceedings are generally open to the public, potentially exposing sensitive personal information to scrutiny. While it is a necessary option in some cases, it’s worth exploring alternative methods of conflict resolution to determine what best suits your specific circumstances and priorities. Working with an experienced divorce attorney can help you navigate this complex terrain.

Masters Law Group: Your Oak Brook Divorce Law and Mediation Professionals

If you’re currently residing in Illinois and seeking a family law attorney to assist you in finalizing your divorce, Masters Law Group is here to provide the support you need. Our team of experienced divorce and mediation attorneys is fully prepared to advocate for you and your family. Here’s how our attorneys can help you:

  • Experienced Mediators: The firm’s mediators have extensive experience in family law and are skilled in facilitating productive discussions between divorcing spouses.
  • Experienced Litigators: A skilled litigator has the experience to present your case effectively before the judge. They meticulously prepare legal arguments, gather evidence, and strategically plan to secure your most favorable outcome.
  • Conflict Resolution: They are professionals in conflict resolution, focusing on finding peaceful solutions for both parties and their children.
  • Protecting Your Interests: Masters Law Group attorneys work to protect your legal rights and best interest for you and your children.

Erin E. Masters and Anthony G. Joseph have consistently earned recognition from esteemed publications year after year (including Best Lawyers, Best Law Firm, Top 100 Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers), a testament to their unwavering work ethic, strong character, and experience in family law. Our track record of success reassures you have a trustworthy ally throughout your divorce proceedings.

Final Thoughts

Divorce is a difficult journey, but in Oak Brook, and across Illinois, couples have access to professional help to make the process smoother and more manageable for everyone involved.

When choosing between divorce mediation and litigation, the decision should be based on your unique circumstances. Masters Law Group offers guidance and a compassionate approach to divorce and mediation, helping you find the best path forward for you and your family. Whether mediation or litigation, the goal is to achieve a resolution allowing everyone to move forward.

Contact us today to set up your complimentary consultation.

Oak Brook Divorce Attorney

If you are facing divorce in Oak Brook, Illinois, or the surrounding suburbs, you’ll want the support and guidance of a local skilled divorce attorney to navigate the process.

Divorce is undoubtedly one of life’s most challenging transitions, impacting not only the separating couple but also their family and loved ones, especially any children involved. In this blog, we’ll discuss the role of a local Illinois divorce attorney and how they can assist you through the new year and beyond. Here’s what you need to know.

Navigating Divorce in Oak Brook, Illinois

When you’re confronted with divorce in Oak Brook, Illinois, seeking the assistance of a knowledgeable and local divorce attorney is essential. Oak Brook residents can consistently depend on trusted divorce attorneys to embrace these changes with compassion and support. Our team of dedicated Oak Brook divorce attorneys is dedicated to remaining up-to-date with any alterations in divorce laws, helping to ensure that your case is treated in a professional manner and follows the most recent Illinois laws and legislations.

We celebrate the diversity of family structures in our community, understanding that families come in various shapes and sizes. This includes same-sex couples, blended families, and more. Our Oak Brook divorce attorneys are here to support you.

Moreover, we’re attuned to the growing preference for less adversarial approaches to divorce, such as mediation and collaborative methods. Our attorneys are here to be your dedicated guides through these alternative dispute resolution processes, helping you achieve a more amicable resolution that respects your unique circumstances and ensures a friendlier path forward. 

Oak Brook, Il Legal Separation

legal separation is an alternative option for individuals with religious concerns or insurance issues who may be discouraged from seeking a formal divorce. A legal separation could be the preferred course of action.  With a legal separation, many of the same issues determined in a divorce can be adjudicated, but without the finality of a legal divorce being granted.

This approach allows couples to establish specific terms related to property division, spousal support, child custody, visitation, and child support. Legal separation protects both parties, as they can enforce the terms outlined in the separation agreement through court orders.

Oak Brook, Il Civil Union Divorce

Civil unions offer a legal framework for two adults, regardless of gender, to form a recognized relationship. When it comes to establishing or dissolving a civil union, unique challenges can emerge. Therefore, having a knowledgeable Oak Brook Divorce Attorney by your side is crucial to navigate every step effectively.

Dissolving a civil union closely resembles that of dissolving a marriage. In Illinois, any couple seeking to dissolve their civil union has the legal right to do so. To obtain a certified copy of the Dissolution of Civil Union records, interested couples should visit the county circuit court clerk’s office where their civil union was originally granted.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Divorce in Oak Brook, Il

1. What are the grounds for divorce in Oak Brook, Illinois?

  • You can file for divorce in Illinois on fault-based and no-fault grounds. No-fault grounds typically involve “irreconcilable differences,” where the marriage has broken down beyond repair. Fault-based grounds can include adultery, abandonment, and cruelty.

2. How long does the divorce process usually take in Illinois?

  • The duration of a divorce case varies depending on various factors, such as the complexity of the issues involved and the court caseload. On average, it may take several months to over a year to finalize a divorce in Oak Brook. 

3. Can I modify my parenting plan or spousal support orders in Oak Brook, Illinois?

  • Yes, it is possible to modify support orders if there has been a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income, employment, or the child’s needs. However, you must go through the proper legal process to make these changes.

While our frequently asked questions are for informational purposes, they should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific situation. Working with an Oak Brook divorce attorney can give you the proper personalized advice based on your unique situation.

Working With Masters Law Group 

If you’re currently residing in Illinois and seeking a divorce attorney to assist you in finalizing your divorce, Masters Law Group is here to provide the support you need. Our team of experienced divorce attorneys and mediators is fully prepared to advocate for you and your family.

Erin E. Masters and Anthony G. Joseph have consistently earned recognition from esteemed publications year after year (including Best Lawyers, Best Law Firm, Top 100 Lawyers and Leading Lawyers), a testament to their unwavering work ethic, strong character, and experience in family law. Our track record of success reassures you have a trustworthy ally throughout your divorce proceedings.

If you’re searching for further guidance and answers to questions about divorce, legal separation, child support, or any related family law matters in Oak Brook and its surrounding areas, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

How a Divorce Attorney Can Help Achieve Peace

Divorce can be one of life’s most challenging and emotionally taxing experiences. However, it doesn’t have to be a battleground filled with anger, resentment, and endless legal battles.

A peaceful divorce is possible if both parties are willing to work together and prioritize communication, compromise on conflicting preferences, and focus on the emotional well-being of their children. Here, we will explore tips to help you achieve a harmonious divorce, all with the guidance of a seasoned divorce attorney. Here’s what you need to know.

Maintain Open and Honest Communication

At the heart of any peaceful divorce lies open and honest communication. Both partners must work together to communicate their feelings, concerns, and expectations. Doing so can help establish a foundation of trust and clarity that goes a long way in preventing misunderstandings and unnecessary conflicts.

Consider involving a mediator, therapist, and/or divorce attorney if you encounter difficult conversations or find communicating challenging. These professionals can provide guidance and a neutral environment to facilitate productive discussions, ultimately helping both parties work towards fair and mutually agreeable resolutions.

Remember that a commitment to open and honest communication benefits you and your ex. It creates a more stable and supportive environment for any children involved, as they can witness healthy conflict resolution and cooperation during a challenging time.

Consider Mediation

Opting for mediation instead of a traditional courtroom battle can significantly reduce stress and promote cooperation. The mediator’s role is to facilitate the negotiation process, help both parties understand each other’s perspectives, and explore alternative options for resolving disputes. The mediator does not make any decisions for either party but instead reinforces they have equal opportunities to voice their opinions and arrive at a mutually agreeable outcome.

Mediation can be an effective option for couples willing to work together and compromise to achieve a positive outcome. It’s particularly useful for couples who have children, as it can help reduce the stress and trauma that children often experience during a divorce. A divorce attorney can represent you during these processes, working to reach a fair and mutually acceptable settlement with your spouse. 

Prioritize the Well-being of Your Children

If you have children, their well-being should be your top priority. Maintain a united front when it comes to co-parenting decisions. Create a comprehensive parenting plan that outlines responsibilities, schedules, and guidelines. Keep children out of adult conflicts and reassure them of your love and support.

Whether it’s parenting time, asset division, or spousal support, your divorce attorney will help that your voice is heard and that the court’s decision is fair and aligned with your best interests. Furthermore, during court proceedings, your divorce attorney can address unexpected challenges and legal objections and help ensure that all legal procedures are followed diligently. 

Their presence in court assures you that you have a dedicated legal professional fighting on your behalf, helping you navigate the complexities of the judicial process during an emotionally challenging time.

Seek Emotional Support

Going through a divorce can be emotionally challenging for everyone involved. It’s vital to recognize the emotional toll it can take and take proactive steps to seek emotional support. You can turn to friends family members, or consider getting help from a therapist to assist you in coping with the stress and grief that comes with the divorce process. Prioritizing your mental and emotional well-being is a fundamental aspect of achieving a peaceful divorce.

Letting go of anger and resentment is a cornerstone of a peaceful divorce. Instead of harboring feelings of revenge or striving to “win” the divorce, focus on achieving fairness and equity for both parties. Getting the help of an experienced divorce attorney can help you further embrace these principles and lead to a more constructive and less acrimonious divorce process.

Work With A Divorce Attorney

If you’re currently residing in Illinois and seeking a divorce attorney to assist you in finalizing your divorce, Masters Law Group is here to provide the support you need. Our team of experienced divorce attorneys and mediators is fully prepared to advocate for you and your family.

Erin E. Masters and Anthony G. Joseph have consistently earned recognition from esteemed publications year after year, a testament to their unwavering work ethic, strong character, and experience in family law. Our track record of success reassures you have a trustworthy ally throughout your divorce proceedings.

GOOGLE REVIEWS AND CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

We believe each client deserves a legal team willing to go the extra mile. We will always provide honest advice and guidance on all matters related to your case.

Client Reviews:

“ Masters Law Group was incredibly helpful with my divorce. Erin and Anthony were a pleasure; they were very responsive, efficient, and very knowledgeable. I always felt that my case was in good hands, and it was a relief to trust them with the process. I highly recommend Masters Law Group to anyone needing help with a family law matter.”

-Luz G.

Divorce Client

 

“I highly recommend Masters Law Group. This was a very long and drawn-out divorce. Still, Erin and Anthony always seemed to be one step ahead of the opposing counsel, and nothing was a surprise, only anticipated with appropriate protections in my favor. I was able to finalize my divorce on favorable terms and am very happy with the outcome. I can’t thank Erin and Anthony enough for their patience, understanding, and expertise throughout this difficult time.”

-Giancarlo B.

Divorce Client

Final Thoughts

A peaceful divorce becomes achievable when both parties commit to open communication and cooperation—placing the well-being of all involved, especially children, at the forefront. Keep in mind that divorce is a journey, and with the right mindset and support, you can navigate it to pave the way for a brighter future for everyone.

If you’re ready to begin your journey toward a peaceful divorce, contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.

DuPage Divorce Attorney

Divorce is a challenging process that can impact all aspects of your life. With so many divorce attorneys to choose from, it can be difficult trying to figure out which one is right for you. If you are facing a divorce in DuPage County, Illinois, here’s what you need to know.

DuPage County, located in the western suburbs of Chicago, is one of the most populous counties in Illinois. Known for its diverse communities, thriving economy, and excellent schools, DuPage County is a great place to live. However, divorce remains a common occurrence. In this blog, we’ll explore the critical role that a DuPage Divorce Attorney plays in helping individuals and families navigate the complexities of divorce. 

How To Pick The Right Divorce Attorney

Divorce can stir up a wide range of emotions, including sadness, relief, and even grief. In 2023, the top three factors for getting a divorce were:

  • 43% Lack of Family Support.
  • 34% Infidelity or extramarital affairs.
  • 31% Lack of compatibility.

While these numbers are stark, it’s important to know that there are attorneys out there who have your best interest. When choosing a DuPage County divorce lawyer, reliability and effective communication are key. Building a strong rapport is essential, as divorce cases can be lengthy. While their primary focus should be experience in family law, you must trust and respect their professional advice and feel comfortable working with them.

Take the time to identify your priorities, whether child custody, financial stability, or other critical aspects of your divorce. Knowing what you want and need will empower you to make the right choice when selecting a DuPage Divorce Attorney who aligns with your goals and can skillfully advocate for your interests throughout the divorce process.

Choosing Divorce Legal Experience

One of the primary roles of a DuPage Divorce Attorney is to provide clients with legal guidance. They are well-versed in Illinois divorce laws and can help you understand your rights and responsibilities. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, having an attorney who understands the intricacies of divorce law is valuable. Emotions can run high during a divorce, making it challenging to make rational decisions. A skilled attorney can provide objective advice and help you focus on your long-term goals. They can help you prioritize property division, child custody, and spousal support, ensuring your interests are protected.

Factor In Negotiation and Mediation

Mediation can be an effective way to settle a divorce case without needing a lengthy and expensive court battle. The mediator’s role is to facilitate the negotiation process, help both parties understand each other’s perspectives, and explore alternative options for resolving disputes. The mediator does not make any decisions for either party but instead reinforces they have equal opportunities to voice their opinions and arrive at a mutually agreeable outcome.

Mediation can be an effective option for couples willing to work together and compromise to achieve a positive outcome. It’s particularly useful for couples who have children, as it can help reduce the stress and trauma that children often experience during a divorce. A DuPage Divorce Attorney can represent you during these processes, working to reach a fair and mutually acceptable settlement with your spouse. 

Court Representation Experience

When handling your divorce case, a DuPage Divorce Attorney can be your strongest advocate in the courtroom. Their role here is pivotal as they navigate the complexities of litigation to protect your rights and interests. A skilled litigator has the experience to present your case effectively before the judge. They meticulously prepare legal arguments, gather evidence, and strategically plan to secure the most favorable outcome for you.

Whether it’s matters of child custody, asset division, or spousal support, your attorney will help that your voice is heard and that the court’s decision is not only fair but also aligned with your best interests. Furthermore, during court proceedings, your attorney can address unexpected challenges and legal objections and help ensure that all legal procedures are followed diligently. Their presence in court provides you with the assurance that you have a dedicated legal professional fighting on your behalf, helping you navigate the complexities of the judicial process during what can be an emotionally challenging time.

Working With A DuPage Divorce Attorney

If you’re looking for a top lawyer in Illinois, consider working with the skilled DuPage divorce attorneys at Masters Law Group. Our divorce attorneys are ready to skillfully advocate for your position and provide your voice when needed.

Our firm has earned a top spot on the list of Best Law Firms 2023 by Best Lawyers® and U.S. News & World Report, and we are highly esteemed and respected by leading peer review publications such as Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Leading Lawyers. 

Furthermore, our senior attorneys, Erin E. Masters and Anthony G. Joseph, have been recognized by these prestigious publications year after year, showcasing their strong work ethic, character, and skill in family law, guaranteeing you have someone you can trust during your divorce.

If you seek answers to questions regarding divorce, separation, mediation, and other family law matters in DuPage County, contact Chicagoland’s premier family law group here today to schedule a consultation.