Making The Difficult Decision To File For Divorce
If you are contemplating a divorce or believe your spouse is heading in that direction, take some time to reflect before charging ahead. Gain a higher perspective for a moment. Carefully consider your next step and how you will approach it. We will listen to you, walk you through the process, explain how the law applies to your situation and represent you during your case. Our legal team will be there for you during the process of divorce and, if needed, the things that must be handled after it. You are the one who will live the journey and continue on after the process is completed.
Helping People Through The Divorce Process
In the roller coaster of emotions (be they anger, sadness or something else), it is easy to lose perspective and it can be easy to be driven and controlled by those emotions. Your attorneys will not be so emotionally invested … and that is a good thing. You need someone to provide you guidance in the tempest, someone who is not subject to being tossed about by the wind and the waves.
We are not marriage counselors. We will listen, but we cannot fix what went wrong with the marriage; we cannot change your spouse and we are not trained in helping people deal with those things from a psychological or emotional perspective. We will stand with you. We will protect you. We will represent your best interests. We will help you to put your best foot forward.
Negotiating A Settlement Outside Of Court
We do not control the law, and we do not control the final decisions that are made in the process. Unless you can reach a settlement position with your spouse or former spouse, the ultimate decisions will be made by a judge. We believe that settlement is the first and best option. (If you have not read the higher perspective link above, now would be a good time.) A settlement puts you in more control of your destiny than leaving the decisions up to the judge. A settlement allows you and your spouse/former spouse to complete the divorce (or post-judgment matter) while remaining civil.
When there are kids involved, the relationship does not end with the divorce. You will always be your children’s parents. Like it or not, that “bum” or “witch” is your children’s father or mother. You will still have contact, and your future peace and happiness will still be linked together to some degree.
Fighting Tenaciously When The Situation Calls For It
We will be as aggressive and tough as we need to be, but only if it is in our clients’ best interests. Sometimes there is no choice. In abusive relationships, when the other spouse is seeking to do harm physically, emotionally, financially or otherwise, we fight for our clients and protect them. Sometimes, however, fighting every little thing is counterproductive and only benefits the attorneys who make money from the fight.
We are not going to give away our time and counsel for nothing, but we realize that short-term monetary gain for us is not worth the long-term damage to our reputation or the reputation of the profession. Therefore, our aim is to protect the best interests of our clients and serve them well above all things. If we can settle a matter quickly without sacrificing other things and keep the cost down, we know that the goodwill we have with our clients will mean referrals and more business in the future.
Representation In All Aspects Of Family Law
We handle all aspects of family law – divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, spousal support (maintenance/alimony), contribution to college expenses, domestic violence order of protection and everything under the family sun. We also handle prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements, estate planning to protect nonmarital assets and many other things. We handle guardianship and adoptions and grandparents’ rights as well.
We do not just dabble in family law. Family law is our main area of practice.
Contact The Family Law Legal Team At Drendel & Jansons Law Group
To set up an initial consultation to discuss your situation, call us at 630-523-0543 or fill out our online contact form. We are here to answer your questions and guide you through this difficult time.