20 Years of Experience in Divorce & Family Law
Divorce requires delicate attention and must be handled in a gentle and patient manner due to its sensitive nature. When emotional ties and domestic livelihood are on the line, you must hire me to help work towards a resolution. I obtain 20 years of experience helping clients achieve favorable outcomes in their divorce cases utilizing a tailored and attentive approach.
In many cases, one spouse is still committed to the marriage while the other is seeking a way out. Sometimes, however, both spouses reach a mutual agreement that divorce is best. In either circumstance, each spouse wants a divorce attorney who will listen to them with compassion and understanding. I not only obtain those qualities, but I also create a personalized strategy to every divorce case that upholds my clients’ best interests. I value the importance of being heard, and create an environment where clients feel respected and comfortable to express all their concerns.
Personalized Care & Attention for All Clients
Attorney Schulenberg is an approachable divorce lawyer who listens to your case and creates an effective plan.
Michael T. Schulenberg has built a strong reputation for himself in divorce and family law and comes highly recognized by both peers and clients.
Committed to Constant Communication Every Step of the Way
Michael T. Schulenberg is a solo practitioner who only takes on a few cases in order to remain accessible in and out of the office.
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You should hire a lawyer. The most important decision you will make in your divorce case is who represents you, therefore I strongly advise you to retain me for a better chance at achieving an optimal result. There is a lot of tedious paperwork and legalities involved in divorce, and one minor mistake could create unintended consequences for your case.
Simply put, I can help you file for divorce.
I can handle all of the daunting and complex paperwork and planning involved in successfully executing your goals. My top-rated reputation for delivering compassionate and fierce representation could work in your favor should you hire me. I obtain the personable and empathetic qualities needed to put your mind at ease and help you feel hopeful for a brighter future.
To get a divorce in Illinois, one spouse is required to have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days. As of 2016, couples can only file for “no-fault” divorce, meaning irreconcilable differences led to the desire for separation. You have to prove via documentation that you tried to reconcile your marriage and failed, or that you and your spouse lived apart for at least six months.
Prior to 2016, spouses had the option of filing for a fault-based and no-fault divorce, but Illinois is now a no-fault state only.
You must file for divorce in the county you and your spouse reside in. I proudly serve clients in Batavia, IL, and am happy to help you file for divorce in the most efficient and just way possible. There are two types of divorce: uncontested and contested. Uncontested divorce occurs when both couples agree upon all terms of their divorce, while contested divorce involves disagreements and isn’t as smooth or efficient as uncontested divorces are. Either way, the legal requirements for divorce are as follows:
- File the divorce petition: The petition is a legal request to end your marriage.
- Serve your spouse: You must provide your spouse with a copy of the legal documents (divorce petition and temporary orders) so they are aware of the situation. They have 30 days to respond.
- Negotiation: If you and your spouse disagree on the terms of your divorce, such as property division, child custody, spousal support or visitation, then you must organize your financial documents to undergo a full financial disclosure, in which you account for all your income, assets, etc. Regarding custody and visitation, the court requires mediation to help the spouses agree upon a solution and avoid going to trial.
- Request Temporary Orders: This action is needed if there are minor children involved, you need spousal support, or you want to regulate the possession of you and your spouse’s property while the divorce is being filed. A temporary order may grant you certain support and child rights during the filing period.
- Pre-trial: If you and your spouse are unable to agree on all terms required for divorce, you will undergo pre-trial, where a judge will advise on how to best reach an agreement for any remaining issues.
- Trial: If you and your spouse were still unable to reach an agreement, then you will both go to trial to resolve the matter. This is the last step of a divorce, and a settlement is the outcome. It can take months or even years to reach a settlement, so the trial phase may last a while.
“He is persistent, energetic, accurate and prudent attorney. But he is also a very kind and helpful person. We are impressd by his splendid work.”- Vyacheslav Y.
“He made it simple and easy so it was taken care of without being dragged out; while he kept my rights just as they were and updated my custody times. Taking care of issues with a level headed professional manner that I was able to depend on.”- Nicholas O.
“Mr Schulenberg was very professional and most importantly, a personable and compassionate individual. I was very satisfied with the results of my divorce and I would highly recommend his services to anyone who is looking for an attorney.”- Ariel A.