Divorce Signpost Means Custody Split Assets And LawyersMost people think that divorce is a long, drawn-out process that takes years to be finalized.

The truth is that with some practical planning and professional assistance, it is possible to have your DuPage County divorce completed quickly and with a minimal amount of stress.

These are three good ways to get started.

1: IDENTIFY YOUR ASSETS AND DEBTS – Start by creating a list of all your assets (including property). Be sure to note a) when the asset was obtained or the account opened; b) the names on the account or asset; and c) the item’s current value or the account’s cash balance.

If possible, talk with your spouse about how the assets and debts will be allocated. For difficult or strained relationships, an attorney can help facilitate the discussion.

TIP: Create a spreadsheet to list all this information. You can sort it by specific details, quickly add more information as you find it, and easily share it with your attorney by email.

2: SCHEDULE PARENTING TIME NOW – Issues over child visitation schedules  often create long delays in the divorce process. Coming to the divorce with a schedule in place goes a long way toward a quick settlement.

Discuss and know the details of:

  • Each party’s regular parenting time (Monday-Sunday) for both school and summer months.

  • Holiday and vacation parenting time (school holidays, government and religious holidays).

If discussions become challenging, consider hiring a mediator to help resolve these parenting issues.

TIP: Use a blank calendar and draft out the proposed parenting agreement for 24 months to truly get a sense of the parenting time each person will have and then adjust as needed.

3: HIRE AN ATTORNEY – Qualified legal assistance from a Collaborative Attorney or Uncontested Divorce Lawyer will often shorten the overall divorce process. These professionals are trained to help couples work through and come to consensus on difficult issues, and they know how best to approach judges in their local courts.

Bring the information above to the attorney to review and discuss timetables. Cases in DuPage County can be finalized relatively quickly as long as all information is properly shared with an attorney and the other party in the divorce.

My experience in collaborative and uncontested divorce in Illinois has helped many couples to reach a quick divorce settlement. Contact me to discuss your specific situation in more detail.


Erin_Birt_37033-199x300Illinois attorney Erin Birt is a skilled legal professional with over ten years of experience in trial and divorce law serving clients in many DuPage County cities including Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville and Winfield.

She opened the Law Firm of Erin Birt, P.C. in 2010 to offer her clients alternative divorce resolution services, specialized collaborative divorce options and family law expertise. She and her expert team continually develop creative outcomes such as divorce mediation and family law mediation that work for all parties involved, particularly children.

Ms. Birt holds a J.D. from DePaul College of Law and is a member of the Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the DuPage County Bar Association.