Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

Divorce can be the most traumatic experience in a person's life. It affects your home life, your most intimate significant relationship, your children, worldly goods you've worked for, future plans, your finances and more. Divorce is also emotional. You probably have many questions about divorce and planning for divorce. At Downs Law Offices in Illinois, we have answers.

Answers To FAQs About Divorce

Here are some of the questions we hear most often from people seeking divorce:

What assets am I entitled to?

You are entitled to an equitable division of all marital assets. Marital assets include any property or goods acquired during the marriage from employment or work effort. You are also entitled to keep your wedding ring and inheritance money that is kept separate from shared marital savings and checking accounts.

What is equitable division?

Equitable division is not always equal. Division of assets is a negotiation. If you waive spousal maintenance, for example, you may get more share in dividing assets.

What happens to debt from the marriage?

Debt division works the same way as asset division unless someone charges up debt that is not considered part of marital purposes.

What assets are discoverable?

All assets are discoverable. We never advise clients to hide assets. All hiding does is make the divorce process longer, create or add to the mistrust between the spouses, and run up your costs.

Can I resume my maiden name?

Yes, you can resume your maiden name. This change can be added as part of the divorce proceedings and completed at the time other court documents are completed.

Can I change the children's names?

Whether or not the name of a minor can be changed will be determined by the court. The court will decide if the name change is in the child's best interest or not. In some cases, the court will allow the whole family to complete a name change.

How much will my divorce cost?

No attorney can tell you exactly how much money your divorce will cost. However, we can tell you that in our experience people often fight too much over little things.

Make Your Consultation Appointment

Downs Law Offices has a reputation for helping clients focus on what's important. We can help you settle disputes and file for divorce. For answers to all of your questions about the divorce process, call our Chicago divorce lawyer Robert K. Downs at 312-767-4422. Our attorney represents clients throughout Cook County. You can also email the firm to make your appointment.