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Should You Change Divorce Attorneys?
Your divorce is the most important financial transaction of your life. There are times when it appears that the case is never going to end and that you have lost confidence in your lawyer. It is important to know whether or not you should change lawyers and if so, what to do.
There are certain things to look for to determine whether or not you have the right attorney. That could be summarized as follows:
If you do make the decision to change lawyers, there are number of things you need to know:
Then you need to get your new attorney the following information (some you will know, some needs to be obtained from the first attorney):
Keep in mind that your lawyer is not a mind reader. You need to let him or her know what you want in the case and then you should ask for an honest opinion as to whether or not your requests are reasonable. The only measuring stick for whether a case should be settled is, what are you likely to get after a trial.
In Illinois, alimony is awarded without regard to marital misconduct. According to Illinois divorce law, the judge orders support from one spouse to the other if the parties cannot agree. The court awards alimony in a lump sum or for a fixed or indefinite period of time. The alimony may be paid from the income or property of the other spouse after considering all relevant factors, including the income and assets of each spouse, the needs of each party, the earning capacity of each party, any impairment of the earning capacity of the party seeking alimony caused by marital sacrifices, the time necessary for the receiving party to seek employment, the standard of living established while married, the length of the marriage, the age and health of both parties, and the contributions and services by the party seeking maintenance to the education or career potential of the other spouse.
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