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Downers Grove Divorce Lawyer

Making the decision to end your marriage is never an easy one, regardless of your situation. At Goodman Law Firm, we know how difficult and complicated divorce can be, and we are committed to helping individuals in Downers Grove as they navigate the divorce process. If you are considering divorce, you should not hesitate to get in touch with an experienced and compassionate Downers Grove divorce lawyer

Different Types of Divorce Issues We Handle for Clients in Downers Grove

Most divorce issues are covered under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). While the laws regarding marriage are fairly straightforward, the process of ending a marriage is often complicated by each spouse’s emotions and goals. Even when both spouses agree to the divorce, it is helpful to have a knowledgeable Downers Grove divorce lawyer guide you through the settlement process.

At Goodman Law Firm, we handle many different types of legal matters that arise in divorce cases. For example, we routinely assist clients with some of the following issues: 

  • Filing a petition for dissolution of marriage (a petition for divorce)
  • Identification, classification, and valuation of property for the purposes of property distribution
  • Advocating for spousal maintenance
  • Calculating spousal maintenance according to the Illinois guidelines
  • Helping to create a parenting plan
  • Advocating for a parent’s rights when the court allocates parental responsibilities
  • Calculating child support according to the “income shares” model
  • Modifying existing court orders

Grounds for Divorce Under Illinois Law

Long ago, many states, including Illinois, required couples to declare that one spouse was “at fault” for the marriage ending. Now, like most states, Illinois is a no-fault state, and residents who want to get a divorce are only required to make clear that the marriage has broken down due to irreconcilable differences and that it cannot be fixed.

As long as the parties live separately and apart for at least six months before one of the parties files for divorce, then the IMDMA states that there is an “irrebuttable presumption that the requirement of irreconcilable differences has been met.” Even if the parties have not been living separate and apart for at least six months, it may still be possible to get divorced. A Downers Grove divorce lawyer can discuss your options with you. 

Financial Issues in Your Downers Grove Divorce

There are many different kinds of financial issues that arise in a divorce case, including but not limited to: 

  • Equitable distribution of marital assets
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child support

When it comes to spousal maintenance and child support, Illinois has guidelines that apply to most cases. These guidelines help to streamline the process and to ensure that financial issues are handled objectively and fairly. 

Seek Advice from a Downers Grove Divorce Attorney

When you are considering divorce, it is extremely important to have a dedicated advocate on your side who can ensure that your voice is heard. An aggressive Downers Grove divorce lawyer can get started on the divorce process with you today. Contact Goodman Law Firm to speak with an experienced divorce attorney at our firm. 

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