Divorce is a major life choice. It is a major decision in anybody’s life, so whether parties have been married for one year or 50 years, they are making some serious legal decisions that could have many consequences, both good and bad. It is important to understand what the parties’ rights are, what are the possible outcomes, and understanding that process before they do it because it will save them a lot of time and pain. The role of a divorce attorney in Will County is to guide people through the divorce process. If an individual is contemplating divorce, they should speak with a skilled divorce attorney that could work to ensure that their rights are protected.
What is important about hiring a Will County divorce lawyer or a Cook County divorce lawyer is their familiarity with the judges and the court system. The reality is that judges are people just like everybody else. Certain judges have certain preferences. They like things a certain way. If one goes into Judge A’s courtroom, they might expect formal documents filed immediately. If one goes to Judge B’s courtroom, they do not really want those documents filed formally, they would rather just hear it informally.
The fact that the judges are different does not mean they are wrong, they are just different. It is important to have an attorney that knows the audience. If they do not know their audience and they walk into Judge A’s courtroom thinking that it is going to be just like Judge B, they are going to be in for a world of hurt and they can end up embarrassing the person and causing more problems in the case than are necessary. Instead of moving forward, they are now playing catch-up because they were unprepared for Judge A’s requirements. The role of a Will County divorce attorney is to work as an intermediary going between the judge and the person that they are working with.
When an individual talks to a lawyer about their case, they should also ask about the experience that their lawyer does or does not have. They should also ask about whether the attorney has dealt with this attorney before. Pre-existing relationships can give the lawyer insight into how to present a person’s case. However, to be clear, just because the attorney knows the judge does not mean that the person is guaranteed the outcome that they want. It just means that they are familiar with what this judge likes, so they can be prepared and not sidetracked on issues that should not detract from the case. This also helps to move forward with the case.
People assume that the role of a Will County divorce attorney is to guide them through the entire process, but sometimes we meet with people and may recommend that they can do this on their own. We offer what we call a case assessment in which we can teach the clients some of the basics that they need to know in order to handle their divorce on their own. It is a good idea to at least get counsel to find out from a lawyer exactly what to expect when they go into the courtroom and to understand the process of what needs to be done in order to be divorced successfully.