Divorce represents a difficult time in the life of anyone who has to go through it, and protecting your parental and financial rights throughout the process is paramount. Fortunately, the best divorce lawyers in Downers Grove can help you with that.
If you and your divorcing spouse share children, the matter of your child custody arrangements, which are addressed in terms of parental responsibilities and parenting time in the State of Illinois, is critical.
Parental responsibilities determine how you and your ex will address the matter of making primary parenting decisions related to concerns such as the following:
Your options include:
Parenting time, on the other hand, sets the schedule by which your children will split their time between you and their other parent. Either one of you will have the children the majority of the time – becoming the primary custodial parent – or you will schedule your parenting time more evenly.
Child support is the state’s means of ensuring that both you and your children’s other parent continue to support your shared children financially. Because child support is calculated according to each spouse’s relative financial ability to pay, the higher earner usually has the child support obligation (even if your parenting time schedules are balanced evenly.
While married, you and your spouse acquired assets, and each of them is considered marital property. Upon divorce, you’ll need to divide these assets – or their value – between you in a manner that is considered fair when the unique circumstances of your marriage are taken into careful consideration. This fair (or equitable) division of marital property does not necessarily mean that your assets will be divided between you equally.
Divorce can leave one spouse financially disadvantaged while the other has the financial means to help balance this discrepancy. In these situations, alimony may be awarded. Alimony is generally set at an amount and for a duration that is intended to allow the recipient to gain the additional education, skills, or job training necessary to become more financially independent.
Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm is one of the best divorce lawyers in Downers Grove, and he takes a keen personal interest in skillfully protecting the financial and parental rights of clients like you. Our compassionate legal team is on your side and here to help, so please don’t wait to reach out and contact us for more information today.
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