Guidance Through The Divorce Process

If you are considering divorce or starting the process, the team at Grotta & Associates, P.C., has the answers to your questions. No two cases are alike — we know this from our vast experience in the local courts of the Cook County, Will County and DuPage County areas.

What Can I Expect?

  1. If you are the one filing, our team of divorce lawyers will prepare a petition for dissolution of marriage. This asks your spouse for a divorce and a list of what you would like to walk away with from the marriage.
  2. After initiating divorce proceedings, we use a special process server to control the time and day that your spouse is served with divorce papers. If they have an attorney, we can serve the papers to that person.
  3. Your spouse then has 30 days to file an appearance and a response to the petition. During that time, we will work with you to compile information for your case.
  4. Within 120 days of filing, we must submit a proposed parenting agreement if children are involved. We'll develop a plan that has a high chance of approval and meets the needs of your child or children.
  5. The next step is what's called discovery. Our attorneys will request documents, such as utility bills and bank statements, to determine exactly what assets and income are involved in the marital estate. This ensures we know all assets and support that you may be entitled to receive.
  6. Once we have that information, our firm will prepare an offer of settlement. Our knowledge of the local courts and this area of law will allow us to make an enticing offer, and if we're able to reach an agreement, we'll prepare a judgment for dissolution of marriage and settlement agreement.

What If My Former Spouse And I Can't Reach An Agreement Outside Of A Trial?

No agreement? We prepare for this possibility from day one.

  • We'll set a pretrial conference with a judge in chambers. Our attorneys will present what we think should settle the case. After hearing both sides, the judge makes a recommendation.
  • If you or your spouse doesn't accept and a settlement can't be reached, we begin preparing for trial.
  • If you have children, a guardian ad litem may be involved.

Schedule An Initial Consultation With A Top Team Of Divorce Lawyers

Divorce is a complicated process no matter what circumstances are involved, but especially in high-asset situations. You need a top team of attorneys on your side. We have four locations to serve clients throughout the DuPage County, Cook County and Will County areas. Contact Grotta & Associates, P.C., at 708-789-9479.