What to Expect at Trial in Cook County, Illinois
Whether your family law case is about divorce , child support or any other family law issue, the process starts with attempts at an amicable resolution. However, when parties cannot negotiate and settle matters on their own, a trial may be necessary. Hiring an experienced Cook County family lawyer for specific guidance on negotiating an agreement or handling your trial is paramount to your family’s future. Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson has practiced law in Illinois for more than a decade and helped many clients in Cook County with family law issues.
If you end up in a family law trial in Cook County or one of the surrounding counties, knowing what to expect before you proceed is key to protecting your best interests now and in the future.
The Process of a Trial in Cook County, Illinois
The word trial brings to mind images of attorneys yelling at witnesses in front of a tense jury and a packed courtroom. In reality, Illinois family law trials are held in front of one Judge. The goal of a trial is to persuade the Judge to accept your position and issue a ruling that best advances your interests.
The process of trial differs slightly between individual Judges, but most basics stay the same. The Petitioner’s Attorney, whoever filed the case, will argue positions, present evidence and question witnesses before the Judge. Evidence will include details about your marriage, estate, support needs and the nature of your property, whether marital or non marital.
Witnesses may also be called. As a party to the case, you will be a witness to testify. Depending on the type of case, additional witnesses may be called. For example, in a child custody case, your child’s teacher or nanny may be a witness to testify about his/her perceptions.
After your case is presented though evidence and witnesses, the opposing party does the same. The Judge then reviews all the evidence and witness testimony and credibility before issuing a final order. This final order is the Judge’s decision about your case and may be issued the day of trial or at some point after trial.
What Can Happen at Trial?
The procedural and evidentiary rules of family law trials are complicated. In Cook County, family law trials can last a whole day, or even two, three or more days. Dozens of specific rules must be followed during a trial, and you need a strong legal strategy in place well before stepping into the Courtroom.Hiring a lawyer with family law trial experience in Cook County is imperative to your family’s future. Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson serves clients in Palatine, Barrington, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Cook County and DuPage County. Contact the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., today for honest, straightforward legal advice and skilled help with your family law case.