LAKE COUNTY ATTORNEY FOR AGREED DIVORCE
LET DIVORCE ATTORNEY DEANNA BOWEN
HELP YOU & AND YOUR FAMILY
Lake County Attorney for Agreed Divorce
When you think about filing for divorce, the first thing that tends to come to mind is a long process, lots of divorce papers and hassle. If you are considering an uncontested divorce in Lake County, then you are already going through a difficult period, and the last thing you need is to prolong this even further. Luckily, you do not need to worry. Our mission is to make the whole process for you as simple as possible. We prepare and provide all the forms you need to file for divorce. We help you go through your divorce as quickly and as effortlessly as possible so that you can put your mind at ease and resume your life. If you and your spouse have an agreement on all issues, you can be divorced in two to four weeks. We also offer clear instructions and support as well. Sign up and start your divorce process today!
An uncontested divorce is when everyone is willing to sign all documents, and the filing is defined as:
- Both spouses desire to be single
Both spouses agree on division of property
Both spouses agree upon the parenting time and decision making
The exact amount of child support is agreed upon
The subject of alimony is not in dispute
All other issues are settled
There are many benefits of an uncontested divorce in Illinois. If done properly, the entire case is packaged and settled long before it becomes a family court case. Every contingency in an uncontested divorce is discussed, prepared, signed, and settled. An uncontested divorce case usually proceeds rapidly to a final hearing. The fact is that judges, attorneys, and spouses are all happy and relaxed during an uncontested divorce hearing.
If there are children, the uncontested case also includes a detailed parenting plan. Parenting plans detail where the children will live, sleep, go to school, and where they will spend certain holidays. Many judges especially appreciate parents able to negotiate their own parenting agreement. Most family law professionals believe parents able to negotiate their own uncontested parenting plan have a high degree of success in future co-parenting.
The greatest benefit to successfully filing an uncontested divorce case is the lack of a “lifetime grudge match.” There are no official statistics, but it is very clear that contested cases produce a stream of court litigation in future disputes. People that are angry from their original case tend to feel the outcome was unfair and they continue to desire to correct the original injustice.
In Illinois, an uncontested divorce is simple for an experienced divorce lawyer but it can fail when the correct documents are not present. Many people mistakenly file a simplified divorce after getting advice from a paralegal service. Uncontested divorces address a very serious situation and have serious consequences. Mistakes tend to surface years after the case is done, and are very difficult to fix.
Aside from a perfect drafted petition, answer to the petition, and supporting documents, you will need a properly drafted marital settlement agreement and a good parenting plan. A frequent roadblock is the desire to set child support at a number that does not match legal requirements. To address that issue, you will need a reason to deviate from Illinois Statutory Guidelines for Child Support.
Many people confuse an “uncontested divorce” with the fact that both spouses agree to be single. But to truly satisfy the requirements, you must both have a plan for the money, debt, parenting time, and division of personal items. The two of you must agree on every single issue. And the uncontested divorce filing must be a complete, properly drafted, all-encompassing set of documents that fulfill all court requirements.
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Deanna Bowen and Debra Sinclair handled my divorce case professionally and with compassion. They were there for all of my questions and concerns. They put my mind at ease while I was stationed in another state. I would like to thank them both for their expertise and smooth handling of my case! Members of the Armed Forces, I highly recommend her!
Deanna represented me through a long divorce that was made extremely difficult by my ex. During the whole process, she guided me with great advice, knowledge, and expertise of the legal system to help me achieve a satisfying settlement with regards to custody, child support, and the division of assets. She was tenacious in court – fighting for what was important to me – and was always patient and quick to reply to any questions I had (and even offers answers to my questions 2 years later!). She was very reliable during a very uncertain time in my life and I never doubted whether I was getting the best representation possible with her. Her staff was also very helpful and courteous. I would highly recommend Deanna to anyone seeking divorce assistance!
Deanna is extremely efficient, professional, caring, knowledgeable, trustworthy, understanding and compassionate. I’ve consulted with her on many matters. Deanna’s communication was excellent. She kept me informed about my case and explained things to me in a way that I could understand what was going on. She went the extra miles for me and I’m so grateful. She is a diligent negotiator and very hard working, I am thankful that she represented me and I don’t think anyone could have done a better job. I thank her for everything and I would highly recommend her to my friends and family.
As many know divorce is a stressful and very emotional time. I can’t say enough about how Ms. Bowen was there to support me throughout all the ups and downs. She provided me timely advice which in hindsight was spot on. She was able to make a very stressful time seem manageable. I highly recommend her as I believe you could not do better with anyone else. Her fee for service is in line or below most others and she even reduced my final bill purely out of compassion for my overall situation. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND her.
I hired Deanna to do my uncontested divorce in late 2016. She and her team were very thorough and quick to turn documents around. Part of my settlement included working with a QDRO which I was unfamiliar with. Deanna helped navigate through this document and had all documents filed quickly and efficiently through attorneys and the Court. Before my court date she went through the procedure for what would happen in front of the judge. She pointed out that although she didn’t agree with how we decided to handle a pension plan, she wanted to be sure I knew what I was agreeing to. Deanna is professional with a personal, caring approach. It is was a smooth, easy process. I recommend her.
I met with Deanna and immediately felt comfortable with her recommendations. She made the process simple and made sure I understood all the steps along the way. No one ever wants to be in this situation, but she definitely made me feel like I was well represented. She and her staff made this not so exciting experience simple and quick. I am thankful for her time and expertise and would recommend her to anyone. My ex even commented on how fair and reasonable everything turned out. It was nice to not argue and point fingers. Our actual divorce was simple and short and she helped navigate our children’s schedule so that it was what was best for them. You can tell she is well respected in the courthouse and that she cares about her clients.
Deanna Bowen is a wonderful attorney. I used her when I filed for divorce. I have to say that Deanna and her paralegal, Debbie, made this process bearable. Not only did they explain everything to me and answered ALL my questions, they were kind and really listened to me. Debbie never made me feel silly or that I was asking a stupid question, she always treated me with great respect. They were there for me not only for the legal part of the divorce but to lend an empathetic ear and to help me through the divorce. We had custody issues to work out and Deanna was right there to guide me and to do what was best for my daughters. Deanna is honest, more than fair, knows the law and is an excellent lawyer. She is highly respected and well-known in her field. I was more than confident when she was by my side. I have and will continue to recommend her.
I came to Deanna as a 22-year-old father in need of a divorce and hoping desperately to attain custody of my infant daughter. Deanna and her staff not only helped me reach my goal but in addition, guided me each step of the way and explained every detail to me. Deanna’s amazing performance in the courtroom, persistence, confidence in my case, and dedication were all vital to our success. The entire office went the extra mile for me and my daughter and I am thrilled with the outcome.
I was given Deanna Bowen’s name through a mutual friend that went through a divorce prior to mine. My friend had explained that Deanna is very honest, upfront, and will never give you false hope since a divorce is always a difficult situation. My personal divorce focused around custody issues and lasted almost two years. And during those two years, Deanna and her team stood by my side, advising me of what was needed. While I had several questions, since this was my first divorce, Deanna and her team always respected me and explained in detail until I understood completely. The team was very knowledgeable and very supportive during this entire process. As my friend recommended Deanna to me, I will in the future recommend Deanna Bowen and her Team to my friends and family.
Thank you for this and everything! You guys made my divorce process as painless as possible! It was a seamless transition and very professional and efficient. I will definitely recommend your services to my friends!
I had been in and out of court for over 10 years with a different lawyer. My ex-husband enjoyed taking me back to court for frivolous things (part of his control and harassment). Each time it was a humiliating experience. Each time I felt that the odds were against me and nobody ever really listened to my concerns. I had some very serious concerns about the welfare of my child in the care of an abusive father with a substance abuse problem. This last time my ex-husband took me back to court, I was fed up. I got rid of my lawyer and went to Deanna Bowen. It was the best decision I have ever made! Deanna understood my concerns and worked diligently to protect me and my son. The family court system is very frustrating, but Deanna was reassuring and in the end, EVERYTHING worked out in my favor this time. Without getting into too much detail, I can honestly say Deanna saved my life and my son’s life. She knew exactly how to handle every difficult situation thrown my way by my ex-husband and his attorney. She knew the law and used it to my advantage. For the first time, my ex-husband wasn’t getting his way. I would HIGHLY recommend Deanna to every person going through a divorce. Her rates are upfront and honest and worth it. I was once told, do you know why divorces are expensive because they are worth it. Deanna is worth it. It is a horrible time in your life when you are simply beaten down. Deanna has a way of building you up to make you strong enough to get through it and end in a better place than where you started.