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Family Law Lawyers St. Charles

Family law concerns can be especially challenging. Whether this means divorce, a post-divorce modification, or parental rights and responsibilities outside of marriage – the matter is of primary concern, and having the professional legal counsel of an experienced family law lawyer in St. Charles in your corner is the best way to help ensure that your rights are well-protected. 

Divorce

Divorce and all the terms of divorce are addressed by family law. The primary terms include:

  • Parental responsibilities and parenting time
  • Child support 
  • The division of marital property
  • Spousal maintenance (or alimony)

Other than the division of marital property, each of these can also be addressed outside of divorce.  

Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

The State of Illinois addresses the matter of child custody in terms of your parental responsibilities and your parenting time. Parental responsibilities assign decision-making power for those primary parenting decisions that must be made, including:

  • Your children’s schooling
  • Your children’s health care
  • Your children’s extracurricular participation
  • Your children’s religious education

You and your children’s other parent will either make these decisions in tandem, or one of you will take on sole responsibility. 

Parenting time refers to the schedule by which you and your ex will divide your time with your shared children. While the actual schedule can vary considerably from couple to couple, you will either split your time somewhat equally, or one of you will have the children the majority of the time while the other has a visitation schedule. Parenting time modifications are a common family law concern. 

Child Support

Child support modifications are another primary family law matter. Child support is the tool the state uses to help ensure that both parents share the financial responsibility of supporting their children, and it is calculated according to exacting state guidelines.

Alimony

Alimony is only a term of divorce when the divorce itself causes one spouse to experience a financial hardship that leaves him or her unable to sustain financial independence. If the other spouse has the financial means to help, alimony may be awarded. 

Paternity

Paternity refers to establishing a child’s father, and in the State of Illinois, this requires taking legal steps if the parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth. If the mother and father are both in agreement on the matter, they can establish paternity by both signing a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP). Beyond this, however, the court’s intervention is required in order to identify the father through genetic testing. Establishing a child’s father benefits all involved by allowing a bond to grow between father and child, helping to ensure that the child is financially supported, allowing the mother parenting support, and more. 

An Experienced Family Law Lawyer in St. Charles Can Help

Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in St. Charles is a dedicated family law attorney who puts his clients’ rights and best interests first. Every family law matter is an important matter, and we’re here to help. For more information, please don’t wait to reach out and contact us today.

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