What is the “best divorce” possible? The Witt Law Firm, P.C. customizes every divorce based upon our clients’ needs but in most cases the best divorce will include the following:
1. The client knows what legal goals he or she wants. This means the client has thought things through and is not just acting emotionally. It also means the client is knowledgeable about the marital property, income, expenses, and matters relating to the children. Ideally, the client has gathered important financial records, such as tax returns, pay stubs and mortgage statements.
2. The client’s goals are realistic. The law is rarely black and white but the client’s goals need to be within the range of what is reasonable. The client has consulted with at least one top Chicago divorce attorney and the client’s legal goals are realistic or, if the client wants to take an aggressive stance, the client understands there is no guarantee of success and the cost involved. For example, in most cases the judge will order the non-custodial parent to pay the guideline percentage of child support provided for by Illinois law. But Judges do have discretion to order a lower amount of child support, called a downward deviation, in appropriate cases.
3. The client works with his or her lawyers in a cooperative way. This could include providing requested information and documents promptly, following instructions and allowing the lawyer to carry out her professional duties. If your lawyer has to ask youfor your financial statements over and over again or explain things numerous times, you may be driving up the cost. Also, do not be so frugal that you hurt your case and cost yourself in the long run. If property or a business need to be appraised, they should be appraised. The client and his or her attorney need to conduct due diligence regarding the parties’ incomes, assets and debts before settlement terms are discussed.
4. The client sticks with his or her legal goals as opposed to changing direction frequently.