Divorce combines a complicated legal process and an emotional rollercoaster that can be difficult to reconcile. The marriage that you’ve poured considerable effort and care into is coming to an end, but in the process, you have a lot of work to do. Because your divorce will directly affect your parental and financial rights, the surest path forward is with the best Chicago divorce law firm in your corner.
The legal crux of every divorce involves negotiating the basic terms, which do not vary from couple to couple, including (as applicable):
Parental responsibilities in Illinois refer to the responsibility of making important decisions on behalf of your shared kids and the allocation of parenting time for each parent. The kinds of decisions involved include:
You and your ex can share this decision-making responsibility between yourselves, one of you can take it on, or you can divide the responsibility according to the kind of decision being made.
Parenting time determines how you and your ex will share your time with your children. If you are able to negotiate the terms between yourselves, your parenting time schedule can be as unique as your family. If not, however, you can expect the court to provide you with input – oftentimes considering the input of a court-appointed representative for the children.
Parents are required by law to support their children financially, and child support helps to ensure that each parent’s contributions are commensurate with his or her income and contributions to child-related expenses and obligations. State guidelines determine how child support is calculated in any given case, but a couple of the many the factors with the most weight include the number of overnights each of you has with the children and each parent’s income as it is now an income shared model in calculating child support.
Those assets that you and your spouse acquired together as a married couple, or acquired/contributed to during the course of the marriage, are seen as marital property in the eyes of the law. And because Illinois is an equitable distribution state, these assets must be divided fairly (in relation to wide-ranging factors) and equitably between you upon divorce.
Maintenance or alimony, which is also known as spousal support, is set forth by Illinois statutes and is a calculation taking income, needs, and the duration of the marriage into consideration (among other factors).
Because your divorce determines your parental and financial rights moving forward, you need the best Chicago divorce law firm in your corner, and WARD FAMILY LAW fits the bill. Our trusted divorce attorneys are on your side and here to help, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
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Our plan was to get married after the baby was born and then a year later we still were not married and we were going our separate ways. I had no idea that the birth certificate alone did not make me the legal parent of our baby in Illinois. Luckily, Ward Family Law handles these cases and established paternity through a DNA test and submitted the results to the court. We now have an agreement on time with our kids and support too.
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