Fast, Finalized Divorce: Top 7 Tips
- Are you both prepared to commence divorce proceedings? If so, are you both in a place where the lines of communication are open?
- Have you fully disclosed to each other all of your individually-held and jointly-held assets and liabilities along with disclosing monthly income and expenses? In Illinois, there is a form Financial Affidavit to complete.
- Do you know what your rights are to these assets and liabilities? If so, have you determined how you want to allocate these assets and liabilities? Are you both in agreement with the proposed allocation?
- Have you both provided your respective income documentation to determine statutory maintenance calculations (also known as alimony), if any?
- Do you have children? If so, have you determined a parenting schedule? Have you determined decision-making authority for health, education, extra-curricular and religion?
- If you have children, the same documentation from Paragraph 4 will be utilized to determine statutory child support obligations and contributions to child-care expenses.
- Do you each have individual counsel (or is one party represented by counsel and the other party representing himself or herself Pro Se)?