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Mt. Prospect Divorce Lawyers

If a divorce is in your future, you may be at a loss for how best to proceed. The fact is that the terms of your divorce will resonate throughout your post-divorce life, which is why you need an experienced Mt. Prospect divorce lawyer in your corner. 

The Terms of Your Divorce

Your divorce will follow its own unique path, but the terms that must be negotiated between you and your divorcing spouse are the same as those addressed in every other divorce, including (as applicable):

  • Your child custody arrangements (called parental responsibilities in Illinois)
  • The equitable division of your marital property (that property that you and your spouse acquired together as a married couple)
  • Child support payments
  • Alimony payments (called spousal support payments in Illinois)

Each of these can play an important role in your future, and because the overall effects tend to dovetail together, it’s important to pay careful attention to each.

The Court’s Involvement

Those terms that you and your divorcing spouse are able to negotiate on your own (with your respective divorce lawyers’ guidance) won’t need to be addressed by the court, which is obviously to your advantage. The goal is to keep the decision-making power between yourselves, but if you do find yourself facing a dead-end on one or more matters, you’ll need the court to intervene on your behalf.

In its decision-making capacity, the court takes many factors into careful consideration, but when children are involved, it is always motivated by the best interest of those children. 

Those factors that are likely to affect financial decisions made by the court (such as those related to the division of your marital property and to alimony) can include:

  • The length of your marriage
  • You and your spouse’s separate earning potential, current wages, levels of education, job skills, and more
  • You and your spouse’s individual contributions to the marriage, including contributions such as child-rearing and housekeeping
  • Whether or not one spouse engaged in financial misconduct that adversely affected the overall marital property
  • Any other factors deemed pertinent by the court

Those factors that might affect the court’s decisions related to your child custody arrangements can include:

  • Each parent’s preferences
  • The children’s preferences (as deemed appropriate)
  • How well the children have adjusted to their current living situation (the court is often motivated to maintain the status quo)
  • How far you and your ex will live from one another post-divorce
  • You and your ex’s individual physical and mental health
  • You and your ex’s individual levels of commitment to promoting collaborative parenting post-divorce
  • Any extenuating circumstances that the court deems relevant
  • Any special needs that any of your children have
  • The level of parental involvement each of you has exhibited
  • The existence of a credible reason for limiting one parent’s involvement or right to make important decisions on behalf of the children

Don’t Put off Consulting with an Experienced Mt. Prospect Divorce Lawyer

The divorce process can take many unexpected twists and turns, but Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm in Mt. Prospect is an adept divorce lawyer with the skill, resources, and clarity to help. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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