Mt. Prospect Divorce Attorney
Divorce is a difficult life event that many couples are forced to address. The emotional element of divorce is often so weighty that it’s difficult to focus on the pragmatic financial and parental matters that must be addressed. If you’re facing a divorce, don’t wait to consult with an experienced Mt. Prospect divorce attorney.
The Primary Components of Your Divorce
No two couples are exactly alike, and every divorce is similarly unique. Nevertheless, your divorce will address all the same issues that every other divorce does, including:
- Division of Marital Property – That property that you and your spouse amass as a married couple is marital property that will be divided between you equitably (or fairly) upon divorce. This division is often one of the most contentious components of divorce, but taking a balanced approach that systematically addresses your full range of assets can help keep problems at bay (and working closely with an experienced divorce attorney from the outset can help you manage this feat).
- Child Custody Arrangements – Child custody arrangements are part of parental responsibilities in Illinois, and this term has replaced child custody in the text of the law. A parenting plan is now used to determine who will be making important decisions related to education, religious upbringing, medical care, and extracurriculars, (once known as legal custody), and with whom the children will live and on what schedule (previously called physical custody).
- Child Support – Because both parents are financially responsible for raising their children, child support payments are in place to help balance both parent’s contributions (relative to the daily support they provide and their financial ability to pay).
- Alimony – Alimony is called spousal support in Illinois, and it is a payment made to a spouse who experiences diminished finances as a result of divorce and made by the spouse with the financial ability to help.
In combination, these elements of divorce guide help guide your post-divorce future, which is why it’s imperative that you allow each the legal attention it deserves.
Forging Mutually Acceptable Terms
If you and your divorcing spouse can forge mutually acceptable terms in each of the categories necessary, you can present those terms to the court and expect it to sign off on them. If one or more sticking points remain, however, you have options other than turning to the court for intervention, including:
- You and your spouse can negotiate together with your respective divorce attorneys’ skilled guidance.
- Your respective divorce attorneys can negotiate with each other on you and your divorcing spouse’s behalf.
- A professional mediator can help you and your spouse (along with your respective divorce attorneys) explore your best options going forward and forge mutually acceptable compromises.
Turn to an Experienced Mt. Prospect Divorce Attorney
Divorce is never easy, but with Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm on your side, you can move forward with the confidence that comes from knowing you’re in good hands. Mr. Goodman has more than 20 years of experience helping clients like you, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.