Knowledgeable Guidance Through The Divorce Process

"I want to end my marriage. What should I do?"

If you are asking yourself that question, the DuPage County divorce attorney who will provide you with honest answers and solid support is Debra Braselton, founder of the Law Firm of Debra J. Braselton, P.C., in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.

She will listen carefully to your goals, provide a realistic assessment of how family law works when applied to your unique circumstances and remain available and accessible throughout the case, start to finish. In short, she is dedicated to your success.

Practicing Family Law Exclusively

Our law office provides full-service divorce representation, seeking sound solutions to issues such as:

Understanding New Illinois Divorce Laws

Significant changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and related statutes took effect in the past few years. One big change was the elimination of all grounds for divorce. Under the prior version of the statute, there were numerous fault grounds available such as adultery, mental cruelty and abandonment. Despite the availability of fault grounds, the vast majority of divorcing spouses chose to file using only the no-fault ground of irreconcilable differences. The elimination of fault grounds in the statute recognizes that those grounds were archaic and unnecessary.

Another change to the statute involves the length of time that parties seeing a no-fault divorce must be living separate and apart. Previously, parties seeking a no-fault divorce were required to live apart for a minimum of two years or to sign and file a waiver that reduced the waiting period to six months. The new law requires only that the parties have lived separate and apart for six months prior to the date on which the judgment for dissolution of the marriage is entered. The phrase "separate and apart" does not necessarily mean living in separate homes. In practice, most divorcing spouses live together until the finalization. We will discuss the filing requirements in detail during your initial consultation with our office.

Other significant changes to Illinois divorce laws involved the elimination of "custody" and "residential parent" in favor of the new terms allocation of parenting rights and responsibilities. The statutory calculations of the amount and duration of spousal maintenance (formerly known as "alimony") were also modified in recent amendments to Illinois divorce law. Those changes are reviewed elsewhere on our website.

A Cooperative Mindset Reduces The Stress Of Divorce

The decision to divorce is never easy. Ideally, you should strive to achieve an outcome that dignifies what you had, preserves your financial and emotional investments, minimizes the negative impact of divorce on children and prepares you for a smooth transition to a post-divorce future.

Contact Our Firm

Please feel free to review our page of frequently asked questions about divorce and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your matter in detail with our attorney. Our Initial Consultation page explains the process and scheduling can be done via our contact us form or by calling the office at 630-DIVORCE or 630-261-1222. All contacts with our firm are kept strictly confidential.