If you need a divorce, you need professional legal counsel. Not only is divorce a stressful transition in your life but it will also directly affect your parental and financial rights, which makes working closely with a top divorce attorney in Downers Grove from the outset in your best interest.
If you’re facing a divorce involving children, child custody (called parental responsibilities and parenting time in Illinois) should be on your mind. Parental responsibilities determine who will be taking on the responsibility of making important decisions that directly affect your children’s upbringing. The kinds of decisions involved include:
This decision-making responsibility can be joint, sole, or divided according to the kind of decisions being made.
Parenting time corresponds with what you may think of as visitation, and it is the schedule by which you and your ex will split your time with your children. You can divide your time evenly (according to a schedule that works for your family), or one of you can become the primary custodial parent (with whom your children make their primary home and have most of their overnights), while the other has what amounts to a visitation schedule.
A major element of every divorce is the division of marital property (those assets that you and your spouse acquired over the course of your married life). This division is intended to be equitable (or fair in relation to the circumstances) rather than necessarily equal, and there tend to be plenty of challenges when it comes to hammering out a mutually acceptable division.
Child support refers to the payments made by one parent to the other to help ensure that financial support for their shared children is balanced between both. Typically, the parent with the visitation schedule has a child support responsibility, but even when parents divide their time equally, the higher earner will likely have a child support order.
In Illinois, alimony is called spousal support, and it refers to payments made by an ex-spouse with the financial means to help offset the other’s divorce-based financial hardship. Usually, alimony is intended to help the financially disadvantaged spouse obtain the education, job training, or experience that he or she needs to gain financial independence.
If you are going through a divorce, it is a difficult time, and you could use professional legal counsel in your corner. Cameron H. Goodman at Goodman Law Firm – proudly serving Downers Grove, Illinois – is an accomplished divorce attorney who is committed to helping you obtain divorce terms that support your best interests and allow you to move forward toward your post-divorce future with the calm confidence you’re looking for. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.
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