First you have to determine what is, and what's not, a marital asset. What you think is marital, might not be - or vice versa. Then, if it advances to trial, the court does an equitable division; most of time it's be somewhere in the ballpark of 50/50, but I've done one where the judge ordered 65/35 (Fortunately for my client, we were on the good side of that breakdown).
So each case is different. Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.
You must make a good faith effort to locate your spouse for purposes of service. However, after exhausting reasonable efforts, you can move for a "publication" divorce. This is where the divorce is published in an approved newspaper, thereby giving "notice" to your spouse.
The court will only have jurisdiction over the divorce - it will not be able to divide assets, debts, property, etc.
Talk to an attorney in your area for specific guidance.
I agree with Attorney Goldstein. Each judge is different, but many are inclined to rule in the same manner as the recommendation if what's said at trial is the same as what's said at pretrial. If the other side wants to be difficult, they have that right. Such is life.
No. In either scenario, you have the right to reject the settlement and take your case in front of a judge and jury. In either scenario, you have the right to reject or counter-offer. A settlement is a negotiated process outside of court.
So in short, it's perfectly legal and logical that a company would low-ball someone with no trial experience and lacking a legal education.
No. If the decree requires it, let him know you will file a motion with the court - if you retain an attorney, you can get your attorney fees reimbursed under favorable "rule to show cause" verdict.
Generally the threat in and of itself is sufficient to clear things up. If all else fails, talk to an attorney in your area for specific guidance.
Then strike it if you think the pleadings don't meet the requirements of 750 ILCS 5/610(a). The judge's in Cook County are pretty sharp, then know a bogus pleading when they see one. Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.