The effects of divorce have a way of taking couples by surprise (even when the divorce is a long time in the making). Your divorce terms will directly affect your future financials – possibly in ways you haven’t even considered – in addition to your family time with your children. These are obviously important factors that will resonate throughout your post-divorce life, which is why you need one of the best Wheaton divorce attorneys on your side.
Child custody arrangements are an important component of any divorce involving children. Custody in Illinois was previously classified into legal and physical custody, and while the state of Illinois has substituted the term parental responsibilities for child custody and the term parenting time for visitation, the effects remain much the same.
The specifics of a custody arrangement are now broken down in a parenting plan – a document explaining which parent will make important decisions on the children’s behalf, including decisions about their education, religious upbringing, medical care, and extracurriculars. More general day-to-day decisions and emergency decisions remain the responsibility of the parent who has the children at the time. Parents who wish to change these arrangements must file a petition for allocation of parental responsibilities.
It is common for one parent to be the primary custodial parent (with whom the children live the majority of the time), while the other has a visitation schedule known as parenting time. It is the court’s view that spending time with both parents is usually in the children’s best interests.
Child support is the court’s way of balancing the responsibility of financially supporting the children between both parents (relative to their financial ability to pay). This is another important consideration for divorcing parents.
Upon your divorce, your marital property – those assets that you acquired over the course of your marriage – will be divided in a manner that is deemed fair under the unique circumstances of your marriage. Because every marriage is utterly unique and because every couple’s finances are complex, the division of marital property can become very complicated very quickly. Generally, however, the following apply:
The effects of divorce are too significant not to reach out for skilled legal guidance. Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Wheaton is a dedicated divorce attorney with more than 20 years of proven experience helping clients like you obtain divorce terms that support their financial and parental rights. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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