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Naperville Divorce Planning Attorneys

Lawyers for Divorce Matters in DuPage County

No one really "plans" to get divorced, just like no one plans to become unemployed or for the house to burn down. Nevertheless, all these things happen. Many people have savings accounts and homeowners' insurance to conserve resources in an emergency, and divorce planning serves the same purpose. Divorce can be very costly, both financially and emotionally, so it only makes sense to plan your divorce as carefully as possible. In this way, when the unexpected occurs, you will be more prepared.

At Pesce Law Group, P.C., we routinely handle divorce and family law matters for clients throughout Illinois. We work smart to identify cost-effective and permanent solutions that meet your needs and protect your rights, both now and in the future. Attorney Don Pesce tailors his proven approach to fit each client, because every family is different. In short, we will guide you in developing a solution that fits your needs, and not our own.

Timing

Unless there is an emergency, such as spousal abuse and child endangerment, we typically do not file divorce for a couple that has been separated for fewer than two or three months. Divorce should also sometimes come after other major life events or legal situations, such as a family member's funeral or a civil lawsuit.

Financial timing is another consideration. You will need cash or access to credit for legal fees and possibly moving expenses. A dramatic income change, in either direction, will have an impact on court-ordered support payments, so plan accordingly.

Information

The first step in accurate document preparation is always precise information. Collect as much data as possible about marital and non-marital property, as well as marital debts. It is much more cost-effective to have these things to give to an attorney at the onset of a case. As for separate accounts, stop paper statements so the other spouse cannot see them, and alter online passwords so she or he is not tempted to access these accounts without proper consent.

After a couple's separation, individual monthly expenses typically remain basically the same, but income may be cut in half, so budget carefully to help avoid surprises. While doing all these things, do not hide money or other assets. An experienced attorney will uncover them, and there are severe consequences waiting for those who conceal assets in a divorce.

Finally, gather information about litigation alternatives, such as mediation and collaborative law. If they are right for your case, these methods could deliver substantial cost savings.

The age-old adage rings true in any divorce: plan your work and work your plan. For a more efficient divorce, contact Pesce Law Group, P.C. at 630-352-2240 today. We help families make better lives for themselves.

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