DuPage County Divorce: 5 Ways to Divorce

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 09, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois and DuPage County, there are several ways to divorce and save money & time.  For DuPage County Divorce 5 Ways to Divorce are presented below:

1. Pro se Divorce.

Pro se means to act as your own attorney.  Often when spouses are amicable enough to have productive communication, the estate is limited or both parties are knowledgeable about their assets/debts, and there are no emotional or physical issues, the parties can resolve the outstanding issues without paying for an attorney.  The parties can visit the local law library to obtain information on how to prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement and proposed Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage.  Problems, however, may arise if the paperwork is not sufficient. Pro se parties should anticipate spending a lot of time on research, document preparation, and court appearances. Pro se parties are encouraged to review settlement agreements and proposed judgments with an attorney.  See #2 below about how to hire an attorney on a limited scope basis to review documents.

2. A la Carte, Unbundled, Limited Scope, Uncontested Divorce Services.

Many states now allow a client and an attorney to reach an agreement about what services will be provided. This is an affordable service that is tailored to a client's specific needs. Read more about these services on our website.

3. Neutral professionals to guide divorce. Divorce Coach, Mental Health Professionals and/or Financial Planners. Neutral professionals can work with both parties in an attempt to resolve the outstanding issues.  Each professional can help education and provide options that are specific to their field of expertise. This is a valuable resource when a divorce goal is to minimize overall costs and time.  Neutral professionals typically charge a lower hourly rate than attorneys.  Once the issues are resolved, the parties can hire an attorney on a limited scope basis, again see #2 above, and the attorney need only prepare the divorce documents to be used to finalize the divorce and appear at the final court hearing.

4. Mediation.

A neutral mediator facilitates the discussion and negotiation of the divorce settlement. Read all about mediation and our services.

5. Collaborative Divorce.

Collaborative Divorce is a proactive negotiation and settlement based alternative to litigation. Read all about Collaborative Divorce and download your free Collaborative Divorce Kit to learn about the real experiences and benefits of others and to see if Collaborative Divorce is a good fit for you.

There are many more ways in Illinois and DuPage County to divorce and save money and time. Learm more about DuPage County Divorce: 5 Ways to Divorce. DuPage County Divorce Attorney, Erin Birt, offers 1/2 hour consultations to discuss a client's needs and goals.  Services are then tailored to the unique needs and goals of the client.  Contact us today to schedule a consultation or to learn more about affordable divorce options.

The Law Firm of Erin Birt serves clients in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville, Winfield, Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Lombard, Elmhurst, Downers Grove, and Oak Brook as well as other cities located in DuPage County. We have experience serving clients in Cook County, Will County, and Kane County. Clients all over can benefit from the same DuPage County Divorce: 5 Ways to Divorce.

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Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.


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