When a couple decides to separate, many questions arise on both sides of the negotiation table. Illinois residents who have experienced divorce can speak to the fact that it can be tremendously confusing to the layman. That is why so many experts agree that being educated about individual rights and responsibilities under state law in a divorce situation can make such a big difference in keeping things on track and efficient with an eye toward a mutually satisfactory settlement.

Understanding the costs associated with filing paperwork, as well as knowing how to avoid unnecessary extraneous litigation, can go a long way toward easing the financial responsibilities associated with divorce. If children are involved in the divorce process, it may be helpful to speak about child support and custody ahead of the filing. Finding out about state rules and regulations pertaining to child support and custody documentation can be useful.

In addition to the documentation, it may be helpful to determine a visitation schedule that adheres to state regulations. There may be several steps involved in setting up such a schedule, including meeting with court mediators, depending on the state in which the divorce is taking place. Generally speaking, having as much information as possible ahead of the divorce filing can make a huge difference in the efficiency of that filing.

The divorce process can be arduous for those for whom the landscape is unknown territory. Illinois residents may benefit from doing research ahead of time to determine how best to navigate that landscape in order to achieve a mutually beneficial settlement. The more one knows, the more efficiently one can complete the process and move forward into a new life.

Source: The Huffington Post, Divorce Confidential: Asking the Right Questions in a Divorce, Caroline Choi, Dec. 4, 2013