Divorce Lawyer in Cook County, IL
Dedicated Legal Representation in Cook County, Will County & Lake County
Marriage is one of life’s most joyful experiences and can lead to a lasting and productive relationship. However, it is an unfortunate fact that approximately half of all marriages end in divorce. Divorce is often a painful and tough experience that will involve many decisions concerning your future, your children, your finances, and more. An experienced and skilled attorney on your side can make the divorce journey less confusing, stressful, and worrisome.
At Bell Law Group, we can be right there with you to guide you through the divorce process. Our firm has been representing clients for years in even the most difficult and contested cases. We focus on thorough case preparation to help you achieve an outcome that will be right for your continued livelihood, safety, and wellbeing. We understand that you are going through one of the most disruptive and emotionally-challenging times of your life and are here to provide the legal and personal support you need for this critical transition.
Considering divorce? Turn to an attorney known for her commitment to client results at Bell Law Group. Contact us online or at (708) 304-9080 to book a consultation.
Divorce in Illinois
Divorce in Illinois is no longer based on “fault,” such as having to prove adultery, cruelty, habitual drunkenness or other types of marital misconduct on the part of your spouse. Illinois has adopted “no-fault” divorce in which the divorce can be granted on the basis of an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with documentation showing that reconciliation is not possible. Furthermore, judges will assume the irretrievable breakdown requirement has been met where you and your spouse have lived apart for six months prior to the divorce.
Because of the no-fault basis, a divorce in Illinois can proceed rapidly. However, you and your spouse will need to agree on the issues pertaining to your divorce.
These issues can include:
- Alimony (spousal support or “maintenance”)
- Child custody (parenting time and parental responsibilities)
- Child support
- The division of marital property and debt
Where you and your spouse are in dispute over any of the above, your divorce will be “contested.” This will lead to the need for negotiation, mediation, or litigation in court, thus extending the time it will take to conclude the process. Taking your disagreements to court will subject you to a family court judge’s decisions on the contested issues.
Where you and your spouse are in agreement on all issues, your divorce can be processed must faster, with less expense and stress. You can present your marital settlement agreement to the court for approval instead of fighting it out in court.
Divorce can be a complex legal matter, especially where marital assets are high or have been accumulated over many years. How to resolve financial issues such as pensions, retirement accounts, multiple real estate, business, or other investment holdings, trusts, partnerships, and more can complicate the process. Even simpler divorces can lead to conflict over issues, such as child custody and alimony.
Meet Attorney Sahara Bell
Attorney Sahara Bell is a Family Law Practitioner, currently servicing the Chicagoland area. Sahara has represented clients in all aspects of domestic relations matters including custody disputes, property division, maintenance/alimony, child support, order of protection, and post-decree matters
“I have personally had the greatest experience, in being represented by in my opinion the BEST family attorney in Illinois! Sahara Bell’s professionalism and determination is unmatched.”
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No matter what your divorce involves, our Cook County divorce attorney has the knowledge, skills, and determination necessary to help you. We will be by your side every step of the way fighting for optimum results.
Learn more by contacting Bell Law Group online or at (708) 304-9080 to schedule your consultation today.