Family law is the broad branch of the law that addresses legal concerns families face. While this includes divorce, it also handles matters such as post-divorce term modifications, parental responsibilities outside of divorce, and paternity. When it affects your family, it’s important, and the best family law attorney in Hinsdale can help.
Every Illinois divorce is unique, but every divorcing couple in the state must address the same terms (as applicable), and these include:
Each of these – other than property division – can also be addressed in terms of a post-divorce modification if the supporting circumstances have changed significantly. Further, both parental responsibilities and child support can arise between parents who were never married.
Parental responsibilities refer to every parent’s responsibility regarding major decisions that guide their children’s lives and to the schedule by which parents split their time with their shared children. Decision-making authority can be assigned to both parents or to one parent – or can be divided between them according to the kind of decision that needs to be made. When it comes to parenting time schedules, the parents either divide their time with the kids somewhat equally, or one parent takes on the primary custodial role.
Child support payments help to ensure that both parents shoulder their financial responsibility to their children according to their financial ability to do so. Typically, the parent with the higher income has the child support obligation.
In Illinois, those assets that you, your spouse, or you and your spouse together acquired during your marriage are all considered marital property and must be divided between you equitably upon divorce. Equitable means that the division is fair – but not necessarily equal – given the applicable circumstances.
If divorce leaves either you or your spouse unable to support yourself – while the other has the financial ability to help – alimony may be ordered for a duration and amount that allows the recipient to obtain the education or job training necessary to gain greater financial independence.
When a child’s parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth, the matter of paternity – or of who the child’s father is – must be established. When both parents agree on the issue, doing so is a matter of filing a form that they both sign off on with the court. When this isn’t the case, however, DNA testing is generally ordered.
Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm is a compassionate family law attorney in Hinsdale who is committed to skillfully advocating for a case resolution that upholds you and your children’s best interests and that works for you. To learn more, please don’t delay contacting us today.
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