Contemplating Divorce

Learn from this article that it is better to get legal advice related to your divorce from an attorney and leave the support and comforting to your family.

By Michael C. Craven
Updated: July 29, 2014
Divorce Settlement/Preparation

Contemplating divorce, or going through a divorce, is one of life's most stressful events. Unfortunately, more than one-half of married couples will experience it. Due to the high rates of divorce, almost everyone going through it knows someone who has been divorced.

If you're in this situation, you might be tempted to ask friends, relatives, co-workers and others for advice and information -- but don't. Ask for comfort and support from this group, and get legal advice from your attorney.

A divorce case is complex. Clients often feel anxious because they don't have answers to many of their questions. Even though your case and a friend's divorce may appear similar, they're likely different.

Family law cases are fact driven. Differences in the facts of one case and another will lead to different legal strategies and results. That's why the best person to seek legal advice from is your attorney.

What if you don't have an attorney yet? Luckily, there are organizations that will help you find the right resources, attorneys, and other divorce professionals.

One of my favorites is The Lilac Tree: Resources for Divorcing Women in Evanston, IL. The Lilac Tree is a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides a multitude of resources for woman thinking about divorce, in the divorce process, or already divorced. Their services include individual sessions, seminars, workshops, support groups and a referral service. I encourage woman looking for information to check out their website; I've provided an additional link to their website on my home page.

Chicago lawyer Michael C. Craven represents clients in all areas of family law including divorce, property division, custody, child support, paternity, domestic violence, and the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. He draws on his previous experience as a tax attorney to negotiate and litigate complex financial issues in matrimonial cases.

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