If you have a legal concern that involves your family, it’s an important matter. Family law encompasses the terms of divorce, post-divorce modifications, and much more, and each of these is a primary concern for the family who is experiencing it. If you are faced with a family law issue, turn to the professional legal guidance of a family law lawyer in Oak Brook for the help you need.
While family law is a broad area of the law, some of the most common family law matters include:
Parenting time, post-divorce modifications, and parenting time outside of marriage and divorce are all very common to family law. Matters based on the welfare of children are always determined in accordance with their best interests, which means that a wide range of factors is taken into consideration.
Child support is determined according to state calculation guidelines that explore a variety of relevant factors. The primary determinants, however, are the number of overnights each parent has with the children and each parent’s income. Very generally, the parent who earns more will have the child support obligation.
Spousal support (or alimony) only plays a role if the recipient experiences a financial downturn upon divorce and the payor has the financial means to help offset it.
In Illinois, those assets that you and your spouse accumulate while you are married are considered marital property, which means they belong to both of you (regardless of who wrote the check or who signed on the dotted line). Such assets must be divided between you equitably upon divorce, and this means fairly (given the circumstances involved).
Paternity is the legal term that is used for fatherhood, and if the parents are not married in the State of Illinois when a child is born, paternity must be established for legal purposes. The options for establishing paternity include both parents agreeing to the matter and signing off on a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) or either parent requesting that the court establish paternity (generally via DNA testing). Establishing paternity helps to ensure that all the following happen:
Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Oak Brook is a very capable family law lawyer who puts his clients’ rights and best interests first. We are on your side and here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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