1776 S. Naperville Road
Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189
New client after hours number: 630-690-6077
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Wheaton, IL Divorce Planning Attorneys

Divorce Planning Lawyers Serving DuPage County

Getting a divorce is a life-changing event that should be planned for in advance if at all possible. Before filing for divorce, there are steps you can take to make sure your rights will be protected and to provide the best chance at a successful outcome.

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys work with clients to create effective strategy for their divorce. We know what questions to ask and how to situate you to achieve the best possible divorce settlement or judgment. Our experienced divorce attorneys provide realistic expectations for our clients. If necessary, our aggressive attorneys will go to trial on your behalf.

Planning for a Divorce in DuPage County

Prior to filing, many people often have concerns about how a divorce will affect their personal and financial future. Many people are reluctant to take the final step and file for divorce because of anxiety over the welfare of their children. Likewise, fear of losing the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed can be paralyzing. Consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable divorce attorney can help allay many of your fears. Understanding how the divorce process works and what you can realistically expect will help you to make the right decisions for you and your family.

Divorces, particularly contested divorces, can easily become emotionally overwhelming. Mired in a contentious battle, people often lose sight of the issues that matter most and waste time and resources inefficiently. Planning ahead helps everyone focus on the big picture, and minimizes the stress of a stressful event.

Strategizing for a Favorable Divorce Resolution

When you know you would like to end your marriage, or suspect that you spouse may file for divorce, you should start planning right away. The first step is hiring the best attorney you can to protect you and your family. Additionally, you should:

  • Gather essential financial documents such as bank statements, tax returns for the last few years, retirement account reports, etc.;
  • Assess your marital debt;
  • Determine the operating cost of your household;
  • Create a plan for where you (and your children) will live after the divorce;
  • Decide your primary goals from the divorce regarding property division, parental responsibilities (child custody), and spousal maintenance. Keep your focus on your goals throughout the divorce process;
  • Build up your credit;
  • Invest as much of your time as possible with your children; and,
  • Inventory or photograph valuable items of personal property, as such items frequently go missing following the filing for divorce.

If you are considering filing for divorce or you have already filed, contact us at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. One of our experienced divorce attorneys will meet with you to discuss what you need to do to obtain the best possible outcome. We will answer your questions and work with you to outline a strategy for going forward. From our office in Wheaton, IL, we work with clients throughout DuPage County and beyond.

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Office of the States Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney 2006-2007
  • Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • AVVO Clients Choice
    Clients' Choice
  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

  • I wanted to thank you for your professional and respectful help with my case. Before entering your law firm, I felt as if my life might be at an end. After being greeted by your office manager, I was completely put at ease. Then after my consultation with you, I knew I was in good hands...

  • Mr. Smit has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trust worthiness to his work and to his associates. Justin certainly is an asset to your Law Firm, his organization skills are second to none. I have and will continue to recommend Justin ...

  • I recently made the life-altering decision of ending a 30 year marriage. While the support of family and friends was very important, I knew that choosing the right attorney was vital. In large part, my future would be determined by his legal advice and skills…

  • You've clearly established a client-focus in your office -- providing your clients with the warmth and understanding they need as they go through a very difficult time. Thank you, again, for all your help.

  • Taking that step to file for divorce was probably one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. The process is very painful and emotionally draining. I retained Robert Boyd and Justin Smit of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C...