Contested Divorce Lawyer in Illinois

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Chicago Divorce Lawyer

In the state of Illinois, you can receive a no-fault or uncontested divorce as well as a contested divorce. Generally, an uncontested divorce is attempted as the first option. Where an uncontested divorce is not possible, you can still have a successful divorce and continue to protect your interests with the help of a divorce lawyer. When a contested divorce is involved, both spouses will require an attorney.

When agreements on child custody, division of property, spousal support or some other divorce-related issue cannot be reached, an experienced attorney can help to minimize the stress and finances involved in the divorce. Avoiding litigation is usually preferable and that is why it is so important to hire an attorney that can utilize his or her skill to reach an agreement on the contested divorce without the use of litigation where it is possible.

Conditions for a Contested Divorce

Illinois is a no-fault divorce state. This means divorcing spouses do NOT have to cite grounds, or reasons, for their contested divorce. To obtain a divorce in Illinois, spouses only need to allege “irreconcilable differences,” which essentially means they could not save their marriage and no longer get along. No wrongdoing took place, but rather, the couple has grown apart.

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Impotence
  • Bigamy
  • Adultery
  • Desertion for a period of one year or more
  • Habitual drunkenness
  • Use of addictive drugs for over 2 years
  • Threatening the life of the spouse with poison
  • Physical or mental cruelty
  • A felony conviction
  • Contraction of a venereal disease

However, Illinois no longer allows spouses to file for divorce on the grounds above. This not only saves spouses the time and effort needed to prove wrongdoing, but also allows them to obtain a divorce more efficiently than if they had filed a fault-based divorce.

My name is Attorney Mitch Furman and my firm has helped many clients with contested divorce issues so that they could eventually move on with their lives. Divorce is difficult and emotionally draining. Having the right attorney can make a world of difference. I understand how difficult it can be when your spouse is not cooperating on divorce issues. You have to consider your future and the future of any children involved.

I utilize years of experience to protect my clients’ rights during the divorce process.
Contact my firm today to see what we can do for you.

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Law Offices of Mitch Furman

77 West Wacker Drive

Suite 4500

Chicago, IL 60601

312-236-7078 Office – 312-498-8421 Direct

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