Because the process of getting a divorce in Cook County is relatively unique, it is important to learn what to expect. A well-versed divorce lawyer can help you understand what the process will look like. With their help, you can make the process as smooth as possible and feel prepared for your future.

What Is Unique About the Process in Cook County

Because Cook County is the second-largest county in the United States by number of people, there are actually six different courthouses in Cook County. The Central Court Houses are Downtown Chicago at the Daley Center.

There is also a unique provision of Cook County divorce law that says that, if somebody files a divorce, the respondent can automatically transfer the case to Downtown Chicago as long as they do it at the same time they file their appearance. This is because divorce attorneys often do not want to drive to the suburbs for a divorce.

Requirements Before Filing

Cook County requires that couples be separated for six months before a divorce can be filed. However, a person does not have to be physically separated from their spouse in order to qualify for the six-month period, they simply must feel that the marriage is irretrievably broken.

Divorce Trials

Cook County divorce trials look similar to what a person may picture. It is similar to any other trial except for the fact that there is no jury. Just like any other trial, there will be witnesses called to the stand. There is an opening argument, presentation of evidence, and a closing argument, and then the judge will make the decision.

It is not that often that divorce cases go to trial. Instead, most cases will settle before trial. Often, if there are some contested issues, the parties can request is what they call a pretrial conference. During the pretrial conference, each spouse has an opportunity to speak to the judge and explain their side of the case to the judge who can weigh in and make a decision.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Some common mistakes that people can make when they go through a divorce include believing that what they say and do will not be discovered by the other party. Especially, with social media, text messaging, and emails it is naive for someone to believe the other side will not be able to access this information.

Another mistake people make is not staying focused on their goals. Inevitably there are going to be unexpected issues that arise. A good attorney is going to help a person establish their goals at the beginning of the process and then hold them to those goals or help them to change those goals in a way that makes sense.

Speak with a Cook County Attorney About What to Expect in a Divorce

The idea of getting a divorce is overwhelming. Especially, when you do not know what to expect in the divorce process in Cook County. However, a lawyer can guide you through each step of the process. For the help you need, call Reidy Law Office LLC today.