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5 Things to Expect During Divorce Litigation in Kane County

 Posted on June 16, 2022 in Divorce

Kane County Divorce LawyerWhile most spouses can make a divorce strategy like mediation or negotiation work, some cannot. Maybe your spouse is being utterly unreasonable and will not compromise. Or maybe your spouse has a substance abuse or mental health problem and will not participate in alternative dispute resolution. In cases involving spousal abuse, your attorney may recommend that you do not even attempt to resolve your divorce out of court. While few people want to go through divorce litigation, it may sometimes be your only option if you want to get your divorce finalized. It is important to understand what to expect during the divorce litigation process. The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to work with an experienced and aggressive divorce attorney. 

What to Expect During Divorce Litigation

Litigation is rarely pleasant, but if you must go through it you should know what to expect. When you are going through a contested divorce, you should prepare for: 

  • Time commitment - Depending on factors like the value of your marital property and whether you share children, divorce litigation can be very time-consuming. You will likely need to take several days or more off from work to appear in court. 

  • Disparagement - Expect your spouse to try to make you look bad. They may lie or try to embarrass you in court. Be prepared for this and do not let your spouse fluster you. Keep in mind that the judge knows better than to automatically believe everything your spouse says.

  • Stress on children - If you have children in common with your spouse, they will likely be involved in the proceedings in some way. They may need to meet with a guardian ad litem or appear in court to testify. The process can be very stressful for children, who may act out. Getting your children into counseling or a divorce support group can be immensely helpful.

  • Cost - The cost of going through divorce litigation can quickly add up. In some cases, your spouse can be held financially accountable for the bulk of your costs. Ask your attorney whether this may be possible in your case. 

  • Changing emotions - Your emotions related to the divorce contest may change from day to day. You might feel sad, angry, frustrated, embarrassed, and even regretful. Seeking counseling for yourself can help you stay strong.

The reality is that divorce litigation is difficult. It can be emotionally trying, but the results are likely to be fairer than the results you would get trying to negotiate with an unreasonable spouse. 

Call a Kane County Divorce Attorney

Serrano Hanson never backs down from divorce litigation. Our experienced Geneva divorce lawyers are skilled at fighting for our clients both in and out of the courtroom. Contact us at 630-844-8781 for a consultation. 




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