Simplifying Divorce: Expert Legal Support

Not only do you have to deal with complex procedures and specialized terminology, but there are also finances to sort through, the well-being of any children involved to consider, and the other obvious matters of the heart. No matter how simple or complex your dissolution of marriage case is, the key to making it as smooth as possible now and into the future is to have the help of a highly competent divorce lawyer.

Why Choose the team at Hanauer Law for Your Divorce?

You need an experienced legal team behind you when it comes to any family law matter. Beyond experience, however, is insight and talent.

Our founder, Rob Hanauer, knows that it’s difficult to speak with a stranger about extremely personal things like divorce. But what sets Rob apart is his natural ability to put a client at ease with just a simple conversation.

As a husband, father, and former educator in business law and paralegal studies, he’s exactly the type of person you want to represent you. He has built a team of professionals who know how to personalize the legal process when it comes to being face-to-face with their clients. He can then turn around and be a steadfast, tenacious divorce attorney when it comes to protecting your rights and best interests in the courtroom.

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Schedule an Initial Consultation with a Dedicated Divorce Attorney Serving Peoria and Beyond

Whether you are petitioning for divorce or are the respondent, contact the team at Hanauer Law today to schedule an initial consultation with a divorce lawyer in Peoria who will listen to you and give you the experienced legal guidance you need. We represent people in a wide range of divorce matters, regardless of how straightforward or complicated the case may be. We have obtained favorable outcomes in cases involving:

Basics of the Divorce Process

Divorce proceedings follow several basic steps, but these steps may be different depending on whether the divorce petition is being contested by the other spouse. Additionally, a divorce can take anywhere from a number of weeks to years, depending on if there is amicable, straightforward communication between the two parties or if one spouse is being uncooperative. The general process is as follows:

  • File a petition for dissolution of marriage.
  • Official notice must be served to your spouse that the divorce petition has been filed.
  • Creation of temporary orders regarding financial obligations, parental responsibilities, residence, property, etc.
  • The discovery process: disclosure of all marital assets, i.e., monetary assets, property, debts, etc. for the purpose of fair distribution.
  • Finalization of divorce:  this can be achieved either through an agreement obtained in an uncontested or more amicable divorce; otherwise, it may be necessary to go to trial in order to set agreements for custody, support, division of property, etc.

What You Should Know About Divorce in Illinois

  • "There is no statutory waiting period to file for divorce in Illinois; you only have to live in Illinois 90 days before filing a petition or for 90 days before entry of a judgment".
  • Illinois is a “no-fault” state—every divorce is granted on the basis of “irreconcilable differences.”
  • Illinois is an “equitable distribution” state. Property is generally divided evenly, but it may not be exactly 50-50.
  • Maintenance (formerly called alimony) is based on the length of the marriage and the income of both spouses. Maintenance is generally not awarded when spouses have similar incomes. 
  • Child custody is not predetermined to favor either spouse. It is based on the “best interest of the child or children.” 
  • There is no specific waiting period to finalize a divorce unless you haven’t lived in Illinois for the last 90 days. You do not even need to be separated to file for divorce.
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Going Through a Divorce? We Are There with You Every Step of the Way

Our clients choose one of our divorce lawyers in Peoria because they know they will have someone they can trust and confide in. Our attorneys have the competence and determination to protect each and every client's best interests. Contact us at our Peoria law office now to schedule an initial case evaluation and see what we can do to help alleviate some of the stress and confusion of a divorce.

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