Top Five Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney
At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we have been assisting clients for years with a wide variety of family law matters, and we are committed to helping members of the Muslim community in DuPage County who have questions about filing for divorce and need representation. We understand how difficult a divorce can be even under the best circumstances, and we also know how important it is that your voice and needs be heard. In DuPage County, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) governs most aspects of divorce, including property division, spousal maintenance, and child custody. We regularly represent clients who have concerns about property division and finances, as well as those whose primary concerns deal with the allocation of parental responsibilities and other matters involving your children.
In DuPage County, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) governs most aspects of divorce, including property division, spousal maintenance, and child custody. We regularly represent clients who have concerns about property division and finances, as well as those whose primary concerns deal with the allocation of parental responsibilities and other matters involving your children.
When you are thinking about filing for divorce and are seeking out a divorce lawyer, what questions should you ask? The following are some important questions to ask your divorce attorney.
1. How Long Have You Been Representing Clients in Family Law Cases?
One of the first questions you should ask your divorce attorney is how long she or he has been practicing law, specifically in the area of family law. Divorce cases can be contentious, and it is important to have an advocate on your side who can help you to think through the best options in your case and to advocate for your needs throughout the divorce process.
For Muslims in DuPage County who are considering divorce, it can be very important to hire an attorney who also has experience handling Islamic divorce. At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we are committed to ensuring that divorce proceedings are in accordance with the Qur’an.
2. How Long Will My Divorce Take?
Each divorce is different, and depending upon the specific facts of your case, your divorce may take a very short time (possibly a matter of weeks) up to more than one year. In uncontested divorces where the spouses agree to most terms, it is much easier to move through the divorce proceedings quickly. However, in a contested divorce, proceedings can take much longer, particularly if there are many different contentious issues (from the division of marital property to shared parenting time and parenting responsibilities).
3. Will My Divorce Have to Be Contentious?
Your divorce does not have to be contentious. Many divorces in DuPage County are uncontested, which means that the spouses can agree to terms surrounding their divorce. Even when spouses cannot agree on certain issues, mediation may be possible to avoid a lengthy divorce process. Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, the allocation of parental responsibilities does not even have to be decided by a judge. To be sure, the spouses can develop a “parenting plan” together that, as long as it is in the best interests of the child, can become official with a judge’s agreement.
4. What Can I Do to Ensure the Best Possible Outcome at This Point?
If you are in the stage of considering divorce, it is important to take steps to ensure the best possible outcome for you. In most situations, this begins with considerations of marital property. It is a good idea to make a clear list of all property of the marriage, including both assets and debts, to ensure that everything is accounted for. This will help your divorce to go along more smoothly, and it can also help to prevent the hiding of assets.
You should also seek advice from an experienced DuPage County divorce lawyer as soon as possible to make sure that you are on the right path.
5. Do I Need a Lawyer?
Even if you are planning for an uncontested divorce, it is still important to have a DuPage County divorce attorney on your side. It is difficult to predict when an issue might become contentious, and even in situations where the spouses are in agreement, you do not want to handle the complicated aspects of a divorce on your own.
Contact a Divorce Lawyer in DuPage County
At Farooqi & Husain Law Office, we believe it is essential to understand your attorney’s experience in the field of family law, as well as to understand the ways in which your lawyer will be dedicated to your case. If you have questions about Islamic divorce or want to learn more about Illinois divorce proceedings, an experienced DuPage County divorce attorney can assist you. Contact Farooqi & Husain Law Office today for more information about the services we provide.