Beware non-attorneys that promise to help you get divorced

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

One thing that stops many people from filing for divorce is that it costs money. If one or both spouses want to, they can drag out the process by fighting over every single piece of marital property, costing both parties more in legal fees and court costs.

This is why you regularly see advertisements from non-attorney businesses claiming they can help you get divorced on your own, for less money. According to CNBC, the latest business to make this claim is a British app-based company called Amicable.

Actually, the owners admit that their customers still need to hire a divorce attorney eventually. The Amicable app is meant to help divorcing people “identify key tasks” before they meet with their respective attorneys, one of the owners told CNBC. This includes figuring out what financial documents you need copies of, and what your child custody plan might look like.

Preparation is important, but navigating Illinois’ divorce law can be difficult. Even in the simplest cases, it is easy for a person representing him- or herself to make a big mistake. An error that could end up costing you more time and money than if you had turned to an attorney for guidance the first time.

A skilled and experienced divorce attorney understands how marital property is divided up in Illinois. His or her advice helps you decide what is most important to you, and help set you up for a comfortable financial future once the divorce is final and you are on your own.

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