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Contested Divorce in Illinois

What Does it Mean When a Divorce Is Contested?

Although most couples try their best to end things amicably with their spouse, more often than not, contested divorces end up being the reality of the situation. The dissolution of a marriage comes with seemingly numerous and yet crucial choices that each need to be discussed and worked through.

At Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC, we know how hard these times can be for you, which is why we make it our goal to use all our legal expertise to advocate for your best interests. Whether that means filing paperwork, conducting research, collaborating outside of court or fighting aggressively on your behalf, our Chicago divorce lawyers have what it takes to guide you through your contested divorce.

Call Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC at (312) 548-8886 to secure the representation of our legal team!

What is Contested Divorce?

A contested divorce occurs when you and your spouse do not agree on various terms of the divorce and require arbitration. Arbitration usually takes place through lawyers or even in-court litigation, where a judge will have to decide on key issues for you.

Some issues that may be contested are:

  • Grounds for divorce
  • Property division
  • Child custody
  • Visitation and grandparents’ rights
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Distribution of marital assets

What to Expect During Your Contested Divorce

Contested divorce is accompanied with loss of money and time. Due to all the decisions that must be worked through, time in court, and time spent waiting for court days to become available, a contested divorce can take as long as two years.

The majority of the contested divorce is spent in resolving issues. The most ideal route is mediation, where you and your spouse meet with a trained mediator—not your attorneys—to try and reach an agreement on the issues at hand. However, in a contested divorce, by definition, there will be certain issues that must be solved through arbitration or litigation.

To prepare for in-court litigation, your Chicago contested divorce attorney take time to work on building your case through research and interviews. Then, there are usually multiple in-court hearings and determinations where both parties present their cases, fight for their best interests, and await the judge’s decision.

What Is the Difference Between a Contested Divorce and an Uncontested Divorce?

In Illinois, uncontested divorces are possible when both spouses can come to an agreement on any aspect of their divorce, from property and asset division to child custody and spousal maintenance. Contested divorce simply means that the two spouses disagree on one ore more aspect of their divorce and must therefore take the case before a judge to be decided for them.

Many cases of uncontested divorce do not end the way they started. If an uncontested divorce becomes contested, then it must be taken to family court and litigated before a judge, or at least resolved through mediation.

Find out what a divorce lawyer in Illinois can do for you! Call us today at (312) 548-8886.

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