Timing is crucial with many things in life, and that includes when a person should consult with a divorce lawyer. Some people worry that contacting a lawyer too soon will further impact a marriage and contribute to its demise. On the other hand, many people understand that waiting too long to speak to a divorce lawyer can severely affect their rights moving forward.
In most cases, it is always best to err on the side of caution and contact a divorce lawyer as soon as you think divorce is an option. Still, there are three times when it is absolutely necessary to speak to a divorce lawyer and these are outlined below.
You are Thinking About Filing for Divorce
When a person starts to think about filing for divorce, they often turn to family and friends, regardless of whether that person has been through the process before. Unfortunately, this sometimes results in a person getting advice that is not only inappropriate, but that is also not true.
For example, a wife’s mother may tell her that she is entitled to maintenance when that is not necessarily the case. If you are thinking about filing for divorce, a lawyer can outline your legal options and provide the sound legal advice you need.
Before You Discuss Divorce with Your Spouse
The first person people often talk to about divorce is their spouse, and that is sometimes a mistake. A person may throw out the word ‘divorce’ during a heated argument and even when they speak about it calmly and rationally, talking about divorce too quickly with your spouse can hurt your case in the end.
A lawyer can advise on the necessary steps to take before discussing divorce with your spouse. They may advise you to obtain copies of important financial documents, such as pay stubs, insurance policies, and bank accounts. A lawyer may also recommend that you open your own bank account and that you start to consider your goals for child custody or child support.
Your Spouse Has Already Filed
It is of the utmost importance that you consult with a divorce lawyer if your spouse has already filed. Regardless of whether you want to get a divorce or not, a divorce lawyer will advise on what to expect in the coming days and weeks, and will also tell you the most important steps to take right now. During this difficult time, a divorce lawyer will also offer guidance and support as they help you navigate the unknowns of the divorce process.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Illinois Divorce Lawyers Today
If divorce has become an option in your marriage, regardless of whether you or your spouse wants to file, now is the time to call our skilled DuPage County divorce lawyers. At the Law Office of Martoccio &a Martoccio, we know the challenges you face and can provide the sound legal advice you need. We will be there with you every step of the way during the divorce process and help you secure the fair settlement you need. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled attorneys.