Contested Divorce

While a divorce can free you from the confines of an unhappy marriage, it can also present very real concerns about the future. You may worry about how you will make it on your own, how your property will be divided, and, most importantly, how you preserve a stable and consistent relationship with your children. These concerns are only intensified when your former spouse proves unwilling to reach an agreement and forces you to resolve your differences in the courtroom.

Chicago contested divorce lawyer, Van A. Schwab, understands the stress that accompanies a contested divorce. In these difficult times, he offers compassionate and highly skilled family law representation designed to ease your anxiety and produce results. Rest assured, he will always take the time to explain your rights and outline your options, providing you with much-needed peace of mind.

To schedule a consultation with Mr. Schwab, contact the firm by calling 312-702-1745 (in Chicago) or 847-208-4569 (in Skokie or Libertyville). We represent clients in Skokie, the North Side of Chicago, and Libertyville.

What Is Contested Divorce?

Spouses pursue a contested divorce when they are unable or unwilling to reach an agreement regarding one or more of the following issues:

In the typical scenario, each spouse retains their own lawyer and divorce litigation ensues if the parties cannot resolve their differences. Depending upon the circumstances, a contested divorce may take several months or years to complete.

Attorney Van A. Schwab has over three decades of experience handling contested divorces. His comprehensive knowledge of Illinois family law, extensive trial skills and dedication to providing personalized representation makes him an invaluable asset to clients going through a difficult divorce. He will guide you through the entire process, taking great care to address your legal concerns.

Collaborative Divorce, Mediation And Arbitration In Cook County, Illinois

Couples who disagree on certain divorce-related issues but who wish to avoid lengthy and costly court proceedings, including spousal support disputes or parental rights battles, may consider alternative dispute resolution. The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab assists clients with the following:

  • Collaborative law — A team approach to getting a divorce done, often involving accountants, social workers, other experts, and two attorneys. The attorneys may agree not to file any papers in court during the process. These attorneys may not represent the parties if they decide to go to court.
  • Arbitration — Offering couples the option of settling their divorce matters out of court by working with an arbitrator, who makes a binding judgment on the case.
  • Divorce mediation — Allowing couples to come to an agreement on divorce matters with the help of a third-party mediator. A mediator does not represent one party or the other.

Questions? Please visit our Contested Divorce Vs. Uncontested Divorce page for more information.