Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce


There is no doubt that divorce is a stressful experience, even if you and your spouse are working together amicably on a final settlement. You likely have numerous questions and have heard plenty of misinformation about the process.


At Thomas W. Hunter, P.C., we have been practicing family law exclusively for more than 30 years. If you come to our Illinois law firm, we will take the time to walk you through the process and answer any questions you have about the divorce process, including:


1. Why Do I Need An Attorney?


Many people want to get through a divorce as quickly as possible. While it's definitely good if you and a spouse can work together during this time, you still need someone to safeguard your rights and help you understand the effects of any decisions. If you sign an agreement without having a lawyer first review it, you could be setting yourself up for future harm in terms of spousal support, property division or child custody.


2. I Want To Avoid A Trial. What Are My Options?


There are several avenues available for people who want to save the time and cost of a trial. The mediation process allows couples to work together on a final settlement in a nonconfrontational setting. An uncontested divorce is another option available to you. An attorney can help you figure out which venue may be the best fit.


3. Should I Sign A Prenuptial Agreement?


A common misconception about pre- and postnuptial agreements is that it is a guarantee that you and your spouse will eventually get a divorce. That could not be further from the truth. For many couples, prenups and postnups help compel open and honest conversations about financial matters that affect many marriages. In the event of a divorce, having an agreement in place can protect your interests and help save time during the divorce process.


4. What Will Happen To My Kids?


The days of the kids automatically living with mom and dad getting to visit every other weekend are a thing of the past. Now, courts operate with the "children's best interests" in mind, which in most cases means preserving strong relationships with both parents. A lawyer can help you deal with the difficult decisions that need to be made with regard to custody and visitation to provide minimal disruption to your children's lives.


5. I Am Being Accused Of Domestic Violence. What Should I Do?


Abuse allegations are sometimes leveled in contested divorce proceedings as a way to gain leverage. The first thing you should do if you are accused of being abusive is to call an attorney, who can investigate the allegations and seek a resolution that will not harm you in your divorce or in any criminal proceedings.


To learn more, you can contact us to schedule a free consultation.