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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

DuPage County | 630-852-9700

Mokena | 815-727-6144   Oak Park | 708-848-3159

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Elmhurst Divorce Emergencies Attorneys

Burr Ridge Family Emergency Attorneys

Lawyers in DuPage County for Time-Sensitive Divorce Considerations

Once you have made the decision to end your marriage, you probably want the process to move as quickly and efficiently as possible. Nearly everyone who is dealing with divorce—especially those involving children and parenting concerns—feels that their divorce is an emergency. They may be living with a spouse they cannot stand to be around, and the children may be caught in the middle.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our skilled family law attorneys understand the importance of addressing critical divorce issues immediately. We know how Illinois courts prioritize cases to protect the best interests of divorcing spouses and their children. If you are facing an emergency divorce situation, we can provide the guidance you need.

Handling a Divorce Emergency in Northern Illinois

While Illinois lawmakers have taken steps to streamline the divorce process in recent years, there are no specific "emergency divorce" procedures that apply statewide. Individual counties may offer options for "fast-tracking" a divorce, but expediting a divorce case typically requires a great deal of cooperation between the spouses. In a high-conflict situation, the court is more likely to handle particular aspects of the divorce on emergency basis than to issue a rushed final judgment.

Most divorce-related emergencies can be addressed by the court through temporary orders. A temporary order can provide relief for concerns such as spousal support, parental responsibilities (child custody), and child support. Temporary orders are meant to provide structure for the divorcing couple while the divorce moves along. They can generally be issued very quickly, without the need for multiple hearings or courtroom proceedings. The issues addressed in a temporary order, however, will need to be revisited more thoroughly before the final divorce decree is issued.

For example, the court may issue a temporary order that requires the higher-earning spouse to pay maintenance to the lower-earning spouse during the divorce so that the lower-earning spouse can continue to pay bills and buy groceries. As the proceedings progress, however, the court may determine that maintenance will not be necessary once the divorce is finalized.

Domestic Violence Concerns

The court can also issue emergency orders of protection in situations where either party or the children are in danger of domestic violence or abuse. Orders of protection in a divorce are often paired with temporary child custody orders designed to keep children safe from a potentially abusive parent. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we understand that the court may act quickly to protect the best interests of the children. The restriction of parental rights, however, is not a decision that the court will make lightly. Many such cases involve multiple hearings, as well the input of family and relationship experts, which means that a quick resolution is not often possible. Thus, temporary and emergency orders may be especially important in such situations.

Protecting Your Rights in Addison and Hinsdale

The skilled attorneys at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. have more than 90 years of combined legal experience. Our team is dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law. We have helped hundreds of clients throughout Northern Illinois obtain favorable results in their most difficult divorce cases.

To learn more about our firm and how we can assist you and your family, contact our office. Call 630-852-9700 for a free consultation and case review. We serve clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Villa Park, Lombard, Hinsdale, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, La Grange, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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