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Kane County Divorce Planning Lawyers

Divorce Attorneys Serving Batavia, Aurora, and Elgin

When you go through a divorce, you experience a life-changing event, and planning in advance for the challenges you will face is an important step to take. It is important to protect your rights when you face the decision to proceed with a divorce or if your spouse files for a divorce.

Planning ahead with your strategy when facing divorce provides you the best chance your outcome will be successful and your goals will be met.

The Kane County divorce attorneys at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. focus on creating effective strategies with clients faced with a divorce. We understand the divorce process and know what questions are important to ask so you are situated to achieve the best divorce judgment or settlement possible. We provide our clients with realistic expectations regarding their cases and, when necessary, will take their cases to court on their behalf and litigate aggressively.

Planning for Divorce in Kane County

Before filing for divorce, many people are concerned with how the outcome of their case will affect both their financial and personal future. Their reluctance to file for divorce often stems from concerns regarding children involved in the relationship. Additionally, they fear losing the lifestyle with which they are accustomed. A skilled divorce lawyer may provide some guidance and peace of mind when these concerns become apparent. Your attorney will provide experience and explain how the divorce process works, as well as help you see what to expect in order to make wise, realistic decisions for yourself and your family.

Divorce of any kind, including contested divorces, can take an emotional toll. It is easy for people to lose sight of the outcomes they seek when fighting a contentious battle with a spouse that does not want to cooperate. This often leads to a waste of time and resources and does not move the process forward. Creating a divorce plan provides focus to your goals and alleviates some of the stress involved in the divorce process.

Creating a Plan for a Favorable Divorce Resolution

It is important to begin planning for the divorce once you determine you would like to end your marriage or if you suspect your spouse has or plans to file for divorce. First, it is important to hire an attorney who can best protect your interests. Additional steps you ought to take include:

  • Collect important documents such as bank statements, tax returns, retirement account reports, and another financial documents;
  • Determine your estimated marital debt;
  • Assess your household’s operating cost;
  • Plan for where you, and any children you may have in the relationship, will reside following the divorce;
  • Determine your goals for property division, child custody, and spousal maintenance, if required. Keep these goals in mind as you plan for your divorce;
  • Build up your credit;
  • Spend as much time as you can with your children; and
  • Create an inventory of valuable personal property. You might document this in a written way or take photographs of items in case you fear they may go missing during the divorce proceedings.

If you have already filed for divorce, or are considering filing, contact our attorneys at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule your consultation. One of our attorneys will answer your questions about the divorce process and work on a strategy for your case.

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