St. Charles Divorce Lawyers
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Though many are daunted by the divorce process, afraid it will be a long
and painful process, you don't have to be worried if you work with
Smith Law Offices, LLC. Much of the stress related to divorce can be avoided when you have a skilled
St. Charles divorce attorney handling your case. An experienced divorce lawyer knows how to handle
even the most contentious of situations, including those that arise around
child support, child custody, division of property, and high-asset divorce.
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There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to divorce. As such
we will take the time to gather all the facts of your case, listen to
your needs, and use effective conflict-resolution methods in order to
achieve your goals.
No Case Is Too Complex For Us To Handle
Smith Law Offices, LLC, we handle all types of divorces. From the straightforward to the volatile
divorce - our St. Charles divorce lawyers are qualified to handle your
case. We have extensive legal experience with all types of divorce cases
and are well-equipped to help you successfully resolve your divorce.
Types Of Divorce Matters We Handle:
What is an uncontested divorce?
When both parties mutually agree on all terms of the divorce, such as division
of property and debt, spousal support, and child custody without trial
through written settlement agreements, then this type of divorce is considered
uncontested. Even though uncontested divorce is typically much faster,
less expensive, and less stressful process, it may be mandatory for a
short uncontested hearing to be held in court. Some courts need to review
and approve the agreements after a brief testimony of one or both parties,
while some courts only require an affidavit to be submitted without a hearing.
How is it different from a contested divorce?
A contested divorce is the more complicated, as well as the average, form
of divorce if both parties cannot come to an agreement on one or many
issues. Since the spouses cannot amicably resolve their issues, they end
up in court, where a judge makes these decisions for them. These type
of divorce proceedings take much longer to complete, are more expensive
than uncontested divorce, and involve a greater amount of stress.
The reason why this type of divorce is more costly than the uncontested
option is because it takes a longer amount of time to complete. Most attorneys
require a retention fee prior to beginning a contentious divorce battle.
The amount is based on how complex the divorce is and what the spouses
are arguing and fighting over. Another use of attorneys is because both
sides will have a series of settlement conferences in court, in order
to resolve their issues.
Guiding You Through the Divorce Process
When attempting to begin the divorce process, many find themselves overwhelmed
and unsure of where to begin. The process of divorce begins when one spouse
petitions the court for a divorce. Afterward, the spouse that petitioned
must serve the other with divorce papers. The spouse served papers has
30 days to respond to the Petition filed and should file a Counter-Petition
to protect their interests.
The Petition and Counter-Petition are the foundations of divorce and will
guide the remaining litigation. These petitions help determine what items
are contested. The parties will then work through the contested issues.
Ultimately if no agreement can be reached, the case will be set for trial
and the remaining issues will be resolved in Court.
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Get started today on your case today. Our
St. Charles divorce attorneys can guide you toward the future you want. We have over 20 years of combined
experience and apply a client-focused approach to every case we take on.
Our law firm has been honored with a
Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell®, proving our dedication to excellence and service.