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Divorce is rarely an easy process, but when spouses are unable to agree on the terms of their divorce, the process can become even more challenging. Our Hoffman Estates contested divorce lawyer at the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd. has more than 35 years of experience helping clients through this difficult time.

Call us at (847) 278-2851 to schedule a consultation with our Hoffman Estates contested divorce attorney.

What Is a Contested Divorce?

A contested divorce is a divorce where the spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, including how their property will be divided, how their debts will be allocated, whether spousal support will be paid, how their assets will be divided, and how their children will be raised.

What Happens in a Contested Divorce?

In a contested divorce, each spouse will have the opportunity to present evidence and arguments in court. The judge will then make a decision on the terms of the divorce.

The decision may not be exactly what either spouse wanted, but it will be legally binding. Contested divorces are often more time-consuming and expensive than uncontested divorces, but they may be the best option if you and your spouse cannot agree on important issues.

What Are the Grounds for a Contested Divorce?

In Illinois, you can get a divorce for any reason, as long as you can prove that you and your spouse have been living apart for at least six months. If you have not been living apart for at least six months, you may still be able to get a divorce if you can demonstrate that your marriage is irretrievably broken.

You may also be able to get a divorce if you can prove that your spouse was at fault for the breakdown of your marriage. For example, you may be able to get a divorce if you can show that your spouse was guilty of adultery, extreme cruelty, desertion, drug addiction, or a felony conviction.

How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take?

The length of a contested divorce will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the issues at stake and the willingness of the spouses to negotiate. Some contested divorces can be resolved in a matter of months, while others may take years to resolve.

How to File for Contested Divorce

You can file for a contested divorce by filing a petition for divorce with the court. The petition must be served on your spouse. Your spouse will then have the opportunity to file a response.

At this point, you and your spouse can try to negotiate a settlement agreement. If you cannot agree, you will have to go to court, and a judge will make a decision on the terms of your divorce.

How Can a Lawyer Help with a Contested Divorce?

A contested divorce lawyer can help you through every step of the divorce process, from the initial filing to the final judgment.

We can help you understand your rights and obligations under the law, and we can help you negotiate a fair settlement agreement. If you and your spouse cannot agree, we can represent you in court and fight for your rights.

Contested Divorce FAQs

How long does a contested divorce take? The length of a contested divorce will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the issues at stake and the willingness of the spouses to negotiate. Some contested divorces can be resolved in a matter of months, while others may take years to resolve.

How much does a contested divorce cost? The cost of a contested divorce will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity of the issues at stake and the amount of time it takes to resolve the case. Some contested divorces can be resolved for a few thousand dollars, while others may cost tens of thousands of dollars.

What is the difference between contested and uncontested divorce? In a contested divorce, the spouses cannot agree on the terms of their divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the spouses can agree on the terms of their divorce.

How can a lawyer help with a contested divorce? A contested divorce lawyer can help you through every step of the divorce process, from the initial filing to the final judgment. We can help you understand your rights and obligations under the law, and we can help you negotiate a fair settlement agreement. If you and your spouse cannot agree, we can represent you in court and fight for your rights.

How Our Hoffman Estates Contested Divorce Lawyer Can Help

If you are considering a contested divorce, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At the Law Firm of Caryl Jacobs Gabe, Ltd., we are committed to protecting your best interests and helping you achieve a favorable outcome.

Call us at (847) 278-2851 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our contested divorce lawyer in Hoffman Estates.

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