If you have a friend that wants to get divorced, there are some things they need to know. As an uncontested divorce lawyer in Illinois, I know that your friend will appreciate help in getting a fast and affordable divorce. So please pass on this article to any friend thinking about divorce in Illinois.
What better gift can a friend give another friend than helping him or her through a hard time in life? With that in mind, I’ve put together some important points that you might want to pass on to your friend who is going through divorce in Illinois.
#1: Uncontested divorce is the cheapest
That’s right. I said it. Cheapest.
“Cheap” get a bad rap. If it makes you feel better to call an uncontested divorce affordable, then use that word.
Friends should help each other out. You’ll be doing your friend a favor if you make sure your friend understands how cheap an uncontested divorce can be. Particularly compared to a case that is contested, or litigated.
For an uncontested divorce in Illinois, we represent people for a flat fee, and we pay the court costs for both parties.
In fact, you might want to read this article for insight into getting a cheap divorce.
Contrast that with a contested case. An attorney will most likely ask for a retainer that is several times larger than the flat fee for an uncontested case. Further, the attorney will be billing your friend by the hour, at rates (most likely) between $200 and $400 per hour.
Don’t let your friend spend all that money on a lawyer. Tell your friend to take you out to dinner instead.
#2: Uncontested divorce is quick
Many uncontested divorces in Illinois can be completed – from start to finish – in around one month.
We use a pretty simply process that only requires our clients to make one trip to divorce court. For a little bit more about that, check out this article.
Contrast that with a contested divorce, which can easily take more than one year.
Do you really want to listen to your friend moan and complain about how long the divorce is taking? No. Heck, by the time a year passes, you will be so sick of hearing your friend’s complaint that the friendship will be on the verge of total breakdown.
So it is useful to help your friend understand that massive cost associated with litigating a divorce.
#3: Focus on what matters
Your friend needs to be very mission-driven when getting any type of divorce, particularly when wanting an uncontested divorce.
For example, maybe you’ve heard your friend complaining that something is unfair, that he or she has been wronged in the relationship, and all sorts of stuff.
Those things are unfortunate, if true. But all that stuff is something better discussed with a therapist than brought into a divorce case.
Tell you friend to handle the divorce like it’s someone else’s business deal. That’s the frame of mind that works best.
#4: Start an uncontested divorce
Your friend might be avoiding the most simple fact about getting a fast and affordable uncontested divorce in Illinois.
People are so concerned about how to start, I wrote this entire article about starting an uncontested divorce in Illinois.
People sometimes put off starting a divorce. But there a some very good reasons to get started sooner, rather than later, particularly for high-earners.
- The longer a higher earner is marriage, the more time he or she will be accumulating marital assets that will be split – as opposed to accumulating assets after the divorce that wont be split.
- The longer a higher earner is married, the greater lengthy of time her or she may have to pay spousal maintenance to the lower earner.