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Family Law Lawyers Downers Grove

Family law is an important area of the law that addresses the legal concerns that families face. From divorce to post-divorce modifications, paternity, and beyond, family law matters are of primary concern for those who face them. If you have an issue related to family law, you need the professional legal counsel of an experienced family law lawyer in Downers Grove on your side.

Common Family Law Cases

No two family law cases are ever exactly alike, but there are several kinds of issues that are commonly addressed by family law, including:

  • Parenting time
  • Child support
  • Modifications of parenting time and/or child support
  • Spousal support (also known as alimony or spousal maintenance)
  • Paternity

Parenting Time and Child Support

When children are involved, the State of Illinois always bases its decisions on their best interests, and this includes parenting time. While child support is calculated according to state guidelines, the court can order child support that varies from this calculation process if there is a compelling reason for doing so. Additionally, the need to modify existing parenting time and/or child support orders over the course of time is quite common.

Spousal Support

Spousal support or alimony represents payments that are intended to help balance any financial discrepancies between both spouses post-divorce. In other words, if divorce leaves one spouse without the financial means to fully support himself or herself and the other has the means to help, alimony may be ordered. Alimony is generally intended to serve as a steppingstone that helps the recipient gain the education and/or job skills that he or she needs to become more financially independent. 

Paternity

The establishment of paternity can make a significant difference in the lives of children and both their parents. Unless the mother and father are married or are in a civil union when a child is born, paternity is not established – and the father’s name will not be included on the birth certificate. The options for establishing paternity include both parents completing and signing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) or obtaining an administrative or judicial paternity order through Child Support Services or the court (respectively). There are a variety of important reasons for establishing paternity, including:

  • It allows the father and child to forge a close familial bond.
  • It helps to ensure that the child is supported financially by both parents. 
  • It ensures the child’s right to any inheritance flowing from the father.
  • It can provide the child with benefits that may include insurance coverage through the father’s place of employment, military benefits, and/or social security benefits.

Turn to an Experienced Family Law Lawyer in Downers Grove for the Legal Guidance You Need

Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Downers Grove is a seasoned family law lawyer with an impressive track record of successfully guiding cases like yours toward favorable outcomes. We’re here for you, too, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.

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