The terms of your divorce will directly affect you and your children’s lives, but the stress and emotional upheaval that tends to accompany divorce can make focusing on the contractual aspects difficult. Because divorce is a major transition and because your parental and financial rights are on the line, having an experienced divorce attorney in Wheaton on your side is the surest path forward.
Illinois addresses parental rights and responsibilities in terms of parenting time and parenting responsibilities, which refer to who will be making the major decisions that need to be made in every child’s life, such as:
You and your ex can make these decisions by consensus, or you can divide them according to the topic at hand. Alternatively, one parent may take on the sole responsibility or be awarded tie-breaking authority for those decisions that you’re unable to resolve together.
Parenting time sets the visitation schedule that determines how you and your ex will divide your time with the kids. The basic options include dividing your parenting time somewhat evenly or one of you becoming the primary custodial parent.
Another important aspect of raising your children separately is balancing their financial support between the two of you (according to your ability to contribute), and this is accomplished through child support. While the amount of time each parent spends with the children can affect the state’s child support calculation, the primary factor is each parent’s income, and the parent who is the higher earner generally pays child support.
Those assets that you and your spouse acquire – either separately or together – while you are married are considered marital property. During the course of your divorce, you’ll need to address dividing these assets (or their value) between you in a manner that makes sense, given the unique circumstances involved. While your separate property (those assets that came with you into the marriage and that you kept separate throughout) remains your own, the distinction between separate property and marital property can be difficult to maintain.
In Illinois, alimony is called spousal support, and it only factors into the divorce terms when one spouse is left without the financial ability to support himself or herself. If the other has the financial ability to help, alimony may be awarded in an amount and for a period of time that allows the recipient to gain greater financial independence.
If you are facing a divorce, Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Wheaton is a compassionate divorce attorney with a long history of helping clients like you obtain favorable divorce terms that firmly support their parental and financial rights. Your case is important, and we’re here to help – so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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