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Consider These Three Divorce Strategies As Your Plan Your Divorce

 Posted on August 16, 2022 in Divorce

DuPage County Divorce AttorneyJust as no divorce is easy, no divorce is quite the same. Individual spouses (and many cooperative couples) have to decide the tenor they want their divorce to have, as well as the strategy they are going to pursue. Some spouses opt for a scorched-earth approach after a long and bitter marriage, while others decide from the get-go that they want to cooperate as much as possible. Each potential strategy has advantages and an attorney can help you settle on the right choice for you. Here are the three most common divorce strategies in Illinois. 

Litigated Divorce

A litigated divorce is the old-school, in-the-courtroom, showing-evidence and calling-witnesses style of doing things. Today, even in highly complex or acrimonious separations, litigated divorce is far less common than it was even twenty years ago. Judges can now order spouses to pursue mediation and only allow a divorce to proceed to trial if mediation fails. Allegations of spousal or child abuse or financial misconduct may also result in a divorce going to trial. 


Divorcing couples are increasingly conscious about separating carefully, especially when minor children are involved. To that end, even before a judge orders a couple to seek mediation, they may choose to pursue it on their own. If a couple hires a private mediator before filing for divorce, they can seek assistance from a mediator of their choice for as long as it takes to resolve all their issues. Once a couple has reached an agreement, they can file for an uncontested divorce, which moves much faster and costs less than a contested divorce. 

Collaborative Divorce

A couple who has a complex investment portfolio, children with special needs, or who simply wants to pursue a comprehensive divorce strategy may choose collaborative divorce. Using a team of professionals who all work together to help a couple split peacefully, collaborative divorce may involve child psychologists, accountants, investment experts, and career coaches. While each spouse has their own attorney, if the divorce is not resolved through collaboration, the entire team dissolves and the couple has to seek different attorneys to move forward with their divorce. 

Call an Experienced Team of Naperville, IL Divorce Attorneys Today

Careful planning is one of the most important parts of a successful divorce process. To learn more about your options and how you might use each to your advantage, schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of Calabrese Associates, P.C.’s DuPage County divorce attorneys. We have decades of experience in family law and are confident we can help you. Call us today at 630-393-3111



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