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Elmhurst divorce attorneyWhile issues regarding children—including child custody, visitation, and child support—take precedence during the divorce process, financial matters also rank high on the list of importance. Among the primary concerns for many individuals is how much their divorce will cost. While the cost of divorce varies according to region and the services provided, we can assess the average divorce cost in the United States.

How Much Is Divorce?

The U.S. average cost for a divorce is approximately $15,000 per divorcing spouse. This includes all applicable lawyer fees, court costs, and the hiring of any necessary outside advisors, including real estate appraisers, child custody evaluators, and tax professionals. Your amount, however, could be substantially lower, based on a number of factors.

What Drives the Price of a Divorce?

Time plays a significant role in how much a divorce costs. While the average divorce takes between four and 11 months to complete, those that result in courtroom litigation can go more than a year, sometimes two. The more hours an attorney must put into your case, the more it will cost.

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Elmhurst divorce lawyer finances assets debtsThere are many important elements during the divorce process that require careful attention and deliberation. High among these are the multitude of financial concerns that typically arise. When a couple splits, it can lead to significant monetary strain. That is why you need a skilled divorce attorney who will fight for you as divorce agreement negotiations commence, or if you require courtroom litigation to settle relevant issues.

Here are some of the primary financial concerns that come up in divorce cases: 

Division of Marital Property

Spouses usually keep anything they brought into the marriage. Any possessions or financial accounts accumulated during the marriage are considered marital property, which in Illinois is divided on an equitable basis, but not necessarily an even split. The division may be substantially uneven if one spouse has a significantly higher earning capacity and the other’s quality of life is best preserved by receiving more of the couple’s property.

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Elmhurst domestic violence restraining order lawyerDomestic violence is an ongoing crisis in Illinois. During a recent 12-month study, more than 65,000 incidents were reported to police, while countless others went unreported. Around 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men across the U.S. have been abused by an intimate partner, and domestic violence hotlines get around 21,000 calls per day nationwide.

If you are a domestic violence victim or face the threat of physical harm, you can pursue effective legal action by filing for an order of protection. If you believe this is necessary for your safety and/or that of your children, contact a skilled family law attorney who can help you navigate the legal process.

Illinois Orders of Protection

An order of protection is issued by the court to place restrictions on an abuser or potential abuser. These orders are available to family or household members associated with the accused, including: 

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Hinsdale divorce decree modification lawyerLife is ever-changing, and sometimes those changes involve situations beyond your control that negatively impact you in various ways. When this occurs, it may cause significant problems when it comes to matters outlined in your divorce agreement, including child support, spousal maintenance, and parenting time. This is especially true if your former spouse is less than sympathetic toward your situation. 

If significant life changes have affected your ability to live up to standards previously established through your existing divorce decree, or if certain provisions simply no longer work or apply, a skilled family law attorney can help you request a post-divorce modification

Reasons for Illinois Divorce Modification 

There are numerous reasons why you may need to file for a divorce decree modification. These include:

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Elmhurst divorce lawyer parental alienationThe traumatic nature of divorce can bring out the worst in even the best people. This is often a byproduct of the immense emotional and physical stress that can accompany the divorce process. This is especially true in high-conflict divorces, including those spawned by infidelity or those in which one spouse was completely stunned by the other’s divorce filing.

When these emotions boil over, children sometimes become pawns in a proxy war between the two parties. On occasion, one parent or both parents will attempt to turn their child against their former companion. This is called parental alienation, and evidence of this type of behavior by a parent can be used against them in court during divorce proceedings. The alienated parent may be granted extra parenting time to help repair the damage caused by the offending parent.

Here are some common forms of parental alienation:

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