Divorce can creep up on a marriage – or be thrust upon a marriage swiftly – but regardless of how it happens, divorce is a serious transition that requires careful attention. Unfortunately, the stress and upset that accompanies every divorce can make it difficult to stay focused on the concerns that matter most – you and your children’s best interests. Working closely with one of the best Chicago divorce lawyers, however, will help ensure you obtain divorce terms that work for you.
One of the most financially significant components of your divorce is the division of your marital property, and all of the following factors apply:
The just, fair and equitable division of marital property can become very complicated very quickly, and protecting your financial rights throughout is essential.
In addition to the financial elements of your divorce, you’ll need to face the issue of child custody arrangements, which is a primary concern of every divorce involving children. While the term “custody” is no longer used in Illinois, the new terminology is entry of an allocation judgment that addresses parenting time and decision-making. How much time each party has with the minor children is designated by his or her parenting time and is determined by many factors if not by agreement of the parties. Decision-making has four major components: religion, education, extra-curricular, and medical and can be made by one party or both parties.
If you’re going through a divorce, you need the best Chicago divorce lawyer on your side. The dedicated divorce lawyers at WARD FAMILY LAW in Chicago are both well-equipped and well prepared to help guide your case toward beneficial divorce terms that protect your rights and best interests. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
I knew we were going to have a custody battle from day one. It was going to be mean and messy and expensive and long. I did not know if I could handle it but I had to do it for my kids. Jennifer litigated my case to the end - we had an attorney for the kids, we had psych evaluations, we had reports for the Judge, we had court date after court date. She was strategic, smart, planned well ahead, and kept on top of everything. Thanks to her and her legal eagles my kids are in a…
We were not married but had two kids and we were both listed as the parents on the birth certificates. What I did not know at the time was that the birth certificate (for parents who are not married) does not count in Chicago! You have to have a paternity test or have signed some special paperwork at the hospital that we did not know about at the time. Ward Family Law prepared the court filings so that we could establish our parental rights. Thank you!
At the end of my divorce case I realized that the paperwork required us to provide the court with a Qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) in order for our retirement and investment accounts to be divided as we had agreed. The problem was that we did not have them done in time. Jennifer and her team stepped in and handled contacting the plan administrators, completing the draft QDROs, submitting them for pre-approval of everyone and then presenting them to the court. While we had hoped this was super easy there were a lot of steps and a lot of things…
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