Filing for divorce requires making many decisions. You will start making them before you file and not end until your divorce is final. Knowing what to expect ahead of time can help you to consider what choices you will make and what you want out of your divorce. It is always a good idea to prepare beforehand to avoid surprises or issues.

According to the Illinois State Bar Association, when you file, you need to prove the grounds for your divorce. To do this, you need to live separately from your spouse for six months minimum prior to filing. After you file, you can then begin to put together a settlement with your spouse. You may also choose to go to court. However, reaching a settlement gives you more of a chance to decide key issues.

Child support and care

You and your spouse need to decide how much time your children will spend with each parent. It is important to consider all aspects of custody. You will need to work out vacations and holidays as well. You should note it is important to the court that a custody arrangement allows your children to have valuable time with each parent.

Child support is usually up to the court to determine, but if you have an unconventional approach, the court may consider it. The goal is for the parent who has the children the most to receive adequate help to pay for their care.

Property division

This is often a difficult process not only because it is common for couples to disagree but also because it can be complex. You may have to compromise to find a final agreement that works for you both. You should make sure that it is fair. The court will want to ensure fair and equitable division of property. Do keep in mind that this does not mean equal, but one of you should not get a lot while another gets a little.