Divorce Rates in the United States

Divorce, also known as a “dissolution of marriage,” is the legal process for ending a marriage, and is a quite common occurrence in the U.S. In fact, the U.S. has the 6th highest divorce rate in the world, and according to some researchers, 50% of marriages in this country will end in divorce. And with second and third marriages, the rate is even higher, 60% for second marriages and 73% for those married a third time.

Types of Divorce

As experienced divorce lawyers in Freeport, we know that when it comes to the dissolution of a marriage, there are essentially four types of divorce:

  • Those that include marital property and children
  • Those that include children but no marital propertyn
  • Those that do not include children but do include marital propertyn
  • Those that include neither children nor marital property

On occasion, we see uncontested divorces in which parties have mutually agreed to all terms before filing for divorce.

Divorce in Illinois

In Illinois, a petition for the dissolution of a marriage, or a petition for divorce, requires no stated reason other than “irreconcilable differences.” The use of that term means the parties involved do not have to state a reason for the divorce – such as adultery or abuse – other than having differences that cannot be overcome, and due to those differences, the marriage has failed.

As practicing divorce attorneys in Freeport, IL and surrounding communities, we know that it is never easy to decide on divorce, but not having to prove anything other than “irreconcilable differences” can make the process somewhat less difficult.

Issues Commonly Involved in Divorce

It should be noted that any of the four types of divorce we have listed may include, but are not limited to, settlement of the following issues. These include:

  • Division of marital property
  • Marital debts
  • Parental rights
  • Parental responsibilities
  • Child support
  • Children’s expenses
  • Spousal support (AKA alimony)
  • Health insurance

For a more complete discussion of these divorce-related issues, and the legal matters associated with them, we invite you to learn more here.

Crosby & Crosby Law – Divorce Lawyers in Freeport

From this summary we’ve provided, you can see that there are many issues involved in ending a marriage through divorce. Unfortunately, the process can be extremely difficult, even acrimonious, and to arrive at a satisfactory resolution of all the issues involved, it can be very beneficial to have the experienced attorneys at Crosby & Crosby at your side.

If you are facing a pending divorce, we urge you to contact our family law firm for a free initial consultation and let us provide you the assistance and support you need during this very difficult time.

You can reach us online or by phone at (815)-367-6432 to discuss your case in detail with the knowledgeable legal team at Crosby & Crosby Law.

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How to choose the right divorce lawyer?

Choosing the right divorce lawyer, in our mind, comes down to three factors. First, is this lawyer going to be an aggressive advocate for me? Second, is this lawyer a person I can get along with personally? Third, do I trust this lawyer to communicate with me effectively? If you walk away from an initial consultation with a lawyer answering yes to those three questions, you have likely found the lawyer who is right for you.

Legal work can be extremely time consuming. Your expectations should not necessarily be that your lawyer is someone you can vent to about your personal life, as that would likely result in an unreasonably high bill. But you should expect your lawyer to keep you informed as to the status of your case. You should also expect your lawyer to listen to your wishes and concerns and use those thoughts as a basis for your case. You don’t need to talk to your lawyer everyday, but you should hear from them every other week or so.

Expect the unexpected when it comes to the Court dates. The Court system is based on a first-come-first-serve calendar, when the case is not filed as an emergency. All initial Court dates are determined by the Clerk of the Court, not of the lawyer or client. If you have a lawyer, expect the Judges to want your lawyer to do the talking, unless the Judge asks the client a question directly. You should also expect the Judge to keep the Courtroom as orderly as possible. Judges very much look down on people who speak out of turn. As for dress, the Court does not require a strict dress code, but it is always a good idea to dress professionally to show the Judge that you take the system and their Courtroom seriously.

There is a process in the law referred to as “discovery” that allows a party to a legal proceeding to discover information about the opposing party. In the context of a divorce, “discovery” is primarily used in the form of written questions and written requests for the opposing party to provide documents to the party that is doing the requesting. These are called “interrogatories” and “requests to produce.” During the process, the party answering the questions or requests must provide a written testimony, under oath, that the documents and answers are true and accurate. It is through this process of “discovery” that we are able to learn what assets a party possesses.

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