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

At 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.

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