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How To Get Divorced In Illinois: Understanding Your Role


Whether due to what you’ve seen on television or what you may have heard from a friend of a friend, many individuals believe they won’t serve an integral role in their own case. In fact, many believe that by hiring an attorney, most of the issues of their case will resolve themselves and they won’t need to spend much time involved in the proceedings.

However, this just isn’t the case.

Clients are a major factor in how a case proceeds. In fact, the most attentive, involved, and prepared individuals make for the best clients and, as a result, are often able to conclude their case more quickly or at the very least, reduce the amount of time spent negotiating or in Court.

Two Major Roles You’ll Serve in Your Case and How To Prepare for Them

From the moment you meet with your Naperville family law attorney to the moment your prove-up is complete and your case is over, you will play a major role in proceedings. After all, you’ll need to converse regularly with your attorney to negotiate a settlement with your spouse and his or her attorney regarding child support, parenting time, maintenance, and other related issues.

No matter the issues of your case, there are two main roles you’ll serve:

  • Collaborative Partner – At Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd., we believe in keeping you informed of all matters in your case. As such, you’ll receive regular emails, phone calls, and other communication from us to ensure you’re satisfied with your potential settlement or are prepared leading up to trial. It’s important that you remain organized and provide all necessary information and documentation required for us to effectively represent your interests.
  • Testify in Court – Whether at a Hearing on a specific issue or pleading, at trial, or at a prove-up, you will need to testify in Court at one point. Your answers will directly impact the judge’s decisions in your case or, at the very least, a decision on a specific issue you’re in Court for. It’s important to be learn how to prepare for your testimony to ensure you appear credible and in control. Moreover, you will want to answer all questions fully and directly.

Getting A Divorce In Illinois Isn’t Like What You See on Television or in Movie

Many individuals come to their Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. with a conception of how their case will proceed or what court will be like. However, these ideas are often based on how court is depicted on television or in the movies, leaving many confused and anxious over what to expect in a “real” courtroom.

At Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd., we take care to help you learn how to prepare each of our clients for court before ever setting foot in the courtroom. Doing so ensures you feel comfortable and confident moving forward in your case and representing your best interests in a factual, calm way to the judge.

Contact the Team at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Filing to end your marriage is a big step forward in your life, and one that can be intimidating when you aren’t sure what to expect from the divorce process. At Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd., we rely on over 35 years of expertise in Illinois divorce law – and the utmost respect for and consideration of our clients to put your mind at ease and prepare you for the numerous roles you’ll serve throughout your case.

If you’ve been considering leaving your spouse or have questions you would like answered, contact us at 630-470-9990 or request your free 30-minute consultation using our simple online form. We look forward to speaking with you and providing any assistance we can during this difficult time.

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Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

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About Attorney Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd.

Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. is a law firm concentrating solely on family law and has served clients in DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties for over 35 years.

We continue to work with clients in Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Oswego, Downers Grove, and the surrounding areas to provide one-on-one support and attention that will help you through this difficult time.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to offering our expertise and support to you throughout your case and after.