Feel good about the choices you make.
Enrich your relationship. Not everyone gets married, but everyone has the right to make their intentions known. Your partner and your relationship can benefit when you get clear about your expectations for your future.
prepare and enrich your relationship
Alleviate the apprehension of future disputes over things like pre-marital business interests, career assets, and real estate with a pre- or post-nuptial agreement. If you or your partner have a small business, an inheritance, investments, dependents from a previous relationship, or real estate, your relationship may benefit from the security offered by these types of agreements:
A legal agreement drafted before marriage that specifies how certain properties and assets shall be divided if the union should ever dissolve.
Drafted after a couple has married or entered into a civil union, this legal agreement articulates how certain properties and assets shall be divided if the parties ever choose to end the relationship.
Not everyone gets married, but most people find themselves wanting a strong and solid relationship without the marriage certificate and formality. A co-nuptial allows everyone the right to make their intentions known. Your partner and your relationship may benefit when you get clear about your expectations for your future.
Estate planning is an essential safeguard that protects and provides for the future. It is wise to have a Last Will & Testament, a Revocable Living Trust, Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property, and HIPPA Authorization prepared and providing direction so that you’re your family will be cared for and intentions carried out.
Stay patient and trust your journey.
When you and your spouse encounter a transitional life situation, it's natural to question whether you're doing the right thing. As a first step toward redesigning your future, Kathryn advises her clients to make a list of goals, both for the process and outcomes. Reference it often to stay on track.
advice for divorcing parents
A divorce that preserves the integrity of the co-parenting relationship and allows everyone to move forward with hope, integrity and respect, has much to do with the divorce process.
An attorney may only represent one person in any legal proceeding. Even in uncontested matters, it is always recommended, that both parties secure legal counsel to review their legal documents and agreements, prior to signing.
As you evaluate your options—collaboration, mediation, uncontested divorce, and litigation—reference your goals, and select the process that matches the outcomes you desire:
Cooperation, not Conflict
The collaborative process is the non-adversarial alternative to courtroom litigation. The parties, each partnered with their own attorney, work as a team to divide assets and ensure children are not a casualty. The team may include other professionals, such as a financial neutral, divorce coach and child specialist.
agree to disagree
When a couple cooperates to collectively come to terms to end their marriage, and agrees to settle their differences without the formalities of a full proceeding, it is uncontested. This process is generally less expensive than other options and may be expedited.
In divorce mediation, couples work with a neutral facilitator to dissolve their marriage. The mediator cannot provide legal advice. He or she guides the couple in methods of problem solving and compromise.
retribution over resolution
Litigation, the most common type of dispute resolution in Illinois, is when each party retains an attorney to argue in front of a judge over the terms of the divorce. Since the parties cannot reach an agreement on their own, the court decides outcomes.