Thanksgiving is just days away and many families are planning their festivities with extended family. Yet while these celebrations may be gleefully anticipated for some, recently divorced couples and those experiencing irreconcilable differences may not feel the same.
America is a nation of do-it-yourselfers, and the internet is full of a wealth of information and advice. With a quick search, tenacious folks can learn how to rebuild an engine, build a new deck, or complete a shabby chic furniture makeover. Of course, there are some projects that even the most skilled DIYer should avoid. They are those projects that have dangerous and/or costly consequences. Electrical work, for example, is best left to the professionals. The same goes for a do-it-yourself divorce.
There are websites and organizations claiming that divorcing spouses do not need to hire an Illinois divorce attorney. Instead, these sources claim, any individual can learn everything they need to know about Illinois divorce laws in a relatively short amount of time. Are these sources correct: can divorcing couples really learn all they need to know about Illinois divorce law from a book or website? Here are some truths to consider: