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Considering Divorce In Illinois? Here’s What You Need To Know

Divorce is a complex and emotional process. If you’re contemplating divorce in Illinois, you likely have questions and concerns. Our experienced attorneys at Lake Toback DiDomenicounderstand the challenges of navigating the legal system during a difficult time.

We’ve compiled a helpful guide to prepare you for the steps ahead. Here is a brief overview of what to do (and not to do) as you consider a divorce.


  • Gather important documents: Collect copies of marriage certificates, financial statements (bank accounts, retirement accounts, tax returns) and debt records.
  • Prioritize your goals: Consider what’s most important to you in the divorce settlement, such as child custody, spousal support and asset division.
  • Educate yourself about Illinois divorce laws: Knowing the basics of residency requirements, grounds for divorce and property division can empower you.
  • Consider mediation: Mediation can be a cost-effective way to reach agreements with your spouse outside of court.
  • Seek professional guidance: An experienced divorce attorney can advise you on your legal rights and navigate the court process.


  • Act impulsively: Divorce is a life-altering decision. Take time to reflect on your options and seek emotional support before making permanent choices.
  • Hide assets or income: Full financial disclosure is crucial in Illinois divorce proceedings. Dishonesty can negatively impact your settlement.
  • Communicate with your spouse through anger: Maintain open communication but prioritize civility and respect, especially if children are involved.
  • Discuss your case on social media: Public platforms are not the place to air grievances or share sensitive information during a divorce.
  • Represent yourself in court: Divorce law is complex. An experienced attorney can advocate for your best interests and protect your rights.

Whether you have been thinking about divorce for a long time or you are just starting to consider divorce, it is essential to talk to a skilled professional before taking the next step. Our experienced divorce lawyers at Lake Toback DiDomenico can give you the individualized support you need.

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We understand that divorce is a challenging process. Our knowledgeable attorneys at Lake Toback DiDomenico in Chicago are here to guide you through every step. Contact us today at 312-288-8985 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you navigate this difficult time.