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2 weeks ago
I retained William Shapiro to represent me in a post decree proceeding involving financial issues of child support and maintenance. Mr Shapiro went over all issues involved in our initial consultation and answered all my questions. He advised me of all my options during the proceeding and kept me informed. He was very professional and was able to obtain what I considered a very positive result. I would recommend Mr Shapiro for several reasons informative, professional, and reasonable prices. I was very lucky to find Mr. Shapiro and have him represent me.
- robinson g

Experienced Divorce Attorney For You

I’m William Shapiro and I’d like to represent you in your legal matter.

Whether you are getting a divorce in Round Lake or have other issues, I will fully explain your legal options and will obtain the best possible result for you. Your best interest is my primary concern.

For over 40 years I’ve served clients throughout Cook, Du Page, Kane, Lake and McHenry Counties and have dedicated my career to the practice of family law, real estate, driver’s license hearings, and related matters. I’ve also litigated matters involving business, real estate, probate and other contested matters.

I take pride in putting my clients first and handle each legal matter consistent with the utmost sensitivity to the personal aspects of each case, and advocate to achieve the best possible result for you.

If you are preparing to get a divorce, you could be wondering about whether or not you should hire a lawyer. You might also be wondering what, if anything, a divorce attorney can do for you. These are some of the things that you may want to know about hiring a divorce lawyer when going through your divorce.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Get a Divorce?

First of all, you might be curious about whether or not you will have to have a lawyer in order to get a divorce. Of course, you technically do not have to hire a lawyer. You can try to fill out the paperwork yourself, or you can work with a mediator if one is available. Just because it is possible to get a divorce without an attorney does not mean that you should take this route, however. For one thing, you might not have a good understanding of the divorce laws in Illinois. You can do some of your own research, but you will probably find that having an attorney who you can turn to for answers to your questions and for advice is going to make things much easier for you. 

Additionally, there is paperwork that has to be filed and other steps that have to be taken. If you make a mistake with one of these steps, then it could cause your divorce to be stalled. Since you probably want to get things taken care of as soon as possible so that you can move on with your life, this is obviously a bad thing. Of course, working with a mediator is generally much better than trying to file for divorce on your own. However, mediators, if available in your county, are often overworked and underpaid and don’t have the time to truly dedicate to the cases that they help with. Plus, mediation is usually only going to work well if you and your spouse are splitting amicably. If you are going through a rough divorce, you are probably going to have a hard time in mediation. 

Overall, hiring an attorney is probably going to help you a lot during your divorce. You will have someone who is on your side and who will fight for you while providing you with information along the way. Plus, you will have someone who is experienced and who can help with paperwork, court and every other step of the process.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce?

The length of time that it will take for you to get a divorce will depend on a few factors. If your spouse refuses to sign the divorce papers, for example, this could cause the process to go on for longer. If you try to do things on your own instead of with an attorney, it might take you longer to get your paperwork in order. Additionally, the state that you live in might require a separation period. 

Going through a divorce is never easy. As you might already know, many people choose to hire a divorce attorney to help them with their divorce. If you still aren’t sure, please reach out and I'd be happy to help you weigh your options. 

I look forward to discussing further with you


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