The act of ending a marriage or a civil union is commonly referred to as a divorce, or a dissolution of marriage. This process can be affected by a variety of factors, including the level of acrimony, the complexity involved in valuing certain assets such as closely held business interests, issues relating to children, mental health and substance abuse.
Regardless of these variables, a divorce in Illinois is typically started by the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage followed by the filing of an appearance and a response by the other party. Once a case is filed, there are only two ways to resolve the case: through a contested bench trial, or through a negotiated agreement on all issues. Early in the case, it is important to gather information, both through the informal exchange of information between the lawyers and through the formal court process including requests for production of documents, interrogatories, subpoenas and depositions.
Stein & Stein offers decades of experience in both negotiating and litigating complex divorce and family law cases, and can offer an expert approach and guiding hand to proceedings which are unfamiliar but very important to the parties. In cases where a martial estate has a high net worth, a more unique and tailored approach is necessary, and our dedicated team of litigators is extremely well-versed in this area. Regardless of the particular facts of your case, you can rest assured that Stein & Stein has the knowledge, ability and experience to effectively and efficiently achieve the best result available.