Chicago Divorce- How do I start?

When you fall in love and get married, divorce will be the last thing on your mind. The decision to end your marriage is not one you have come to lightly, but now that you know it is your next step, do you know how to begin?

Talk to a Chicago divorce lawyer.

Even when you have planned an amicable divorce, talking to a Chicago divorce lawyer should be your first step. A lawyer will help you understand your rights, your options, and what you can expect from the process. You might have friends who have gone through divorces, but don’t expect your process to be like theirs. Each case is as unique as the individuals within it. At the Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, LTD we will listen to your unique case and find customized solutions for you and your loved ones.

Listen to your children.

If you have children, this is the most important step of all. Children will not understand all of the reasons behind the divorce, either because you have sheltered them from it or because they are too young. As powerless and uncertain as you may be feeling, your children will be feeling it even more so. Remember that your children do not want to be put in the middle or forced to choose a side. Listen to their needs and wants, and let these be crucial influences in your decision making process.

Collect documentation.

Your lawyer will be able to describe the documentation you will need. These can include the following and more:

• Tax information
• Any Prenuptial agreements
• Credit reports
• Household expenses
• Debt information
• Bank statements
• School records for your children
• Any record of criminal filings against your spouse, such as restraining orders
• Medical records

Pick your battles.

What areas are you willing to compromise on, and what areas are non negotiable? Your Chicago divorce lawyer will help you understand what you have a right to fight for and where the gray areas are. Deciding beforehand will help you from being pushed into an unfavorable settlement. Although in some areas you may need to compromise, define what you truly need to be stable and happy going forward. Do you need sole custody of your children, or is joint custody the right choice? Do you need to keep the house, or are you fine with a monetary settlement? These are difficult decisions but they do need to be made.

Don’t do it alone.

We understand this is a heart-wrenching, humbling time for you. Let the legal team at the Law Offices of Michael P. Doman, LTD be on your side. You have enough to deal with right now, let us help with the legalities. Contact us today for a consultation and let us take some of the stress off your shoulders.