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The True Cost of Divorce - Part 2

Other factors to consider

Every divorce case has unique aspects to it in terms of the components that can influence how long, how complicated and ultimately how costly the case could become.

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For example, is this a custody case? Have the parties already decided on custody? Are there domestic violence or substance abuse issues? Is either spouse a small business owner whereby they may be hiding income? Will there be other individuals needing to be involved in the case such as a Guardian Ad Litem ("GAL") or Child's Representative?

Is there a "best" time to get a divorce?

Actually, there may be. The best time to get a divorce (once the decision to do so has clearly been made already) is typically when you and your soon-to-be-ex spouse are in a state of calm.

There isn't an environment where a lot of anger or hurt feelings have taken over.

You both are educated on marital finances and have an understanding of what you have as far as your assets. Your aim is not depletion but preservation, as in wanting to preserve as many assets as possible.

Each of you come into meetings with your attorneys accompanied by a balance sheet and a sense of how you'd like to divide your assets.

That way, you just may find that the process you're about to embark upon is less likely to drag out and get expensive.

Concerned about the potential cost of an impending divorce? Hurst, Robin & Kay can help you gain insight on how potentially challenging or efficient the road ahead may be. Let's talk about it today at 312.782.2400.

A Partner at HRK, John Kay has practiced law in Illinois for more than 20 years, the last 13 of which have been focused exclusively on complex family law. He received his undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School.

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