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Best Chicago Divorce Lawyer

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.

The Division of Your Marital Property

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 property that you and your spouse brought into the marriage as separate property will remain your separate property upon divorce (as long as you kept it separate throughout the marriage.
  • The property that you and your spouse acquired during your years as a married couple is considered marital property. This remains true even if only one of you made the purchase and/or if only one of your names is on the title. 
  • An exception to the marital property rule is gifts and inheritances that are made in one spouse’s name alone (during the course of your marriage). These remain the separate property of the recipient.
  • Upon divorce, your marital property will be divided in a manner that is considered fair and equitable within the context of your marriage. This division is obviously open to interpretation, and if you and your divorcing spouse are unable to hammer out terms between yourselves (with the professional counsel of your respective divorce lawyers, the court – with its vast discretion in the matter – will do so on your behalf).

The just, fair and equitable division of marital property can become very complicated very quickly, and protecting your financial rights throughout is essential.  

Child Custody Arrangements

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.

Consult with the Best Chicago Divorce Lawyer Today

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.

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