If divorce is on your mind, there is probably a very good reason for that. Perhaps you are considering divorce, or maybe your spouse has served you with divorce papers. Whatever your situation is, consulting with an experienced divorce attorney near you early in the process is the best course of action. An important point to keep in mind here is that, if you are considering divorce, discussing the matter with a well-informed divorce attorney does not increase your chances of ultimately seeking a divorce. In fact, a better understanding of what divorce entails will help you make a fully educated decision regarding the future of your marriage. However, if you have been served with divorce papers then there is a limited timeframe that you have to file the necessary and appropriate paperwork with the court to ensure that a default is not obtained against you.
If you and your divorcing spouse share children, parental responsibilities which includes both decision-making and parenting time are primary concerns. Parental responsibilities includes two facets: decision-making refers to who will be making those major parenting determinations moving forward, and parenting time refers to how you and your ex will be dividing your time with the kids.
The parenting concerns that pertain to the decision-making aspect of parental responsibilities include:
Parenting time, on the other hand, sets the schedule for when your kids are with you and when they are with their other parent.
Like every other state, Illinois requires both parents to provide financial support for their children, and child support coupled with contributions to other child-related expenses are the tools that are used. While a variety of diverse factors go into the child support calculation process, the two primary matters include:
Throughout your marriage, you and your spouse acquired assets and may have taken on debt. These assets – as offset by any debt – amount to your marital property, which must be divided between you in a manner that is considered fair – or equitable – given the circumstances that are involved. Any separate property that either of you brought into the marriage with you will remain yours alone if you were able to keep it separate throughout your marriage, which can be exceptionally challenging. You need to consult with a seasoned divorce attorney to determine the marital versus non-marital nature of any assets along with the reasonable allocation to expect in a divorce.
Maintenance, which is also known as alimony and spousal support, takes into consideration the income of each party along with the duration of the marriage to determine whether or not a party is entitled to maintenance in Illinois. Other factors also come into play, such as whether or not a party is also paying child support, the needs of the party, among many other considerations that a divorce attorney can explain as it is unique to each case.
The accomplished Illinois divorce attorneys at WARD FAMILY LAW, LLC, take immense pride in their proven ability to help protect the parental and financial rights of clients like you. Your divorce case is important, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
It was quick and easy and those are two words I did not think I would say about my divorce. We are still friendly too. We just were not meant to be together anymore. Ward Family Law made sure to draft the documents with the terms that we agreed on which kept us on good terms and there was no fighting. I cannot recommend them enough if you are looking for a clean, honest, quick, easy divorce.
We were set to get married in a little over a month and my family insisted on a premarital agreement. On my very first call Jennifer explained the entire process and timing. They hit the ground running and got everything completed and signed well before our wedding date. That made everything much less stressful so I thank them so much for their professionalism and timeliness.
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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