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Why You Should Always Settle in Divorce

The word “settlement” has a bad connotation in the realm of divorce. No spouse wants to “settle” and assumingly take less than what he or she is owed or perhaps even compromise with a spouse that he or she no longer gets along with.

However, the truth of the matter is that settlement should almost always be your goal. After all, litigation is time-consuming, messy, and, more importantly expensive. In fact, most cases that are litigated and go to trial can easily cost upwards of $30,000, $40,000, or even $50,000 or more. And, when you consider those attorney’s fees are coming out of your pocket or the property you’re awarded in the divorce, settlement becomes an even more attractive option.

Money aside, why would anyone want to settle? Below, we explore three of the most common reasons to offer a different perspective on what is typically a contentious process.

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Maintenance and Divorce: How it Changes Over Time

Under the new Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, maintenance, also known as spousal support, is calculated through a formula that didn’t exist prior to January 1, 2016. This assures almost any spouse with a demonstrated need maintenance for at least some amount of time after the divorce is finalized.

However, maintenance isn’t an issue that is set and forgotten about. In fact, it’s one of the most fluid issues that can be adjusted, when appropriate, after your divorce is complete. So, why would a maintenance payment change and what can you expect?

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Creating Your Divorce Mediation Checklist: What You Should Know

When many people think about divorce, they think about months or years in court, endless arguments, and the high cost of litigation should a case go to trial. What many don’t realize, however, is that there is a better alternative: Mediation.

This option is great for couples who disagree over a few issues but don’t want to spend a significant amount of time or money litigating (i.e. going to Court for) a solution.

If you’ve never heard of mediation or simply want to find out more, we’ll provide all the information you should know below to determine whether it’s a good option for your case. It’s important to create a checklist so you make sure you don’t overlook any important elements of this process.

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