Marital or relationship separations need not be a contentious matter. If you are in a situation which is emotionally charged, you can benefit from diligent legal representation which has your best interests in mind. Our office will fight for your rights, while keeping the needs of those most important to you in mind.
The vast majority of divorces can be settled amicably when proper legal representation is retained at the onset of a separation. This office strives to get the parties to agree to even the most hotly contested issues, but will not hesitate to vigorously litigate the matters that are most important to you when the time is right.
Assisting families in Illinois Domestic Relations proceedings since 2000.
What exactly is a divorce or dissolution of marriage?
Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is the process of terminating a marriage or marital union. It usually entails the canceling or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country or state. Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in Illinois divorce requires the sanction of a court in a legal process, which may involve issues of distribution of property, child custody, alimony (know as spousal support in Illinois), child visitation / access, parenting time, child support, and division of debt.
What options do I have, besides divorce?
Divorce should not be confused with annulment, which declares the marriage null and void, with legal separation or de jureseparation (a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married) or with de facto separation (a process where the spouses informally stop cohabiting). Reasons for divorce vary, from sexual incompatibility or lack of independence for one or both spouses to a personality clash.
What is child support and child maintenance?
In family law and public policy, child support (or child maintenance) is an ongoing, periodic payment made by a parent for the financial benefit of a child (or parent, caregiver, guardian, or state) following the end of a marriage or other relationship. Child maintenance is paid directly or indirectly by an obligor to an obligee for the care and support of children of a relationship that has been terminated, or in some cases never existed. Often the obligor is a non-custodial parent. The obligee is typically a custodial parent, a caregiver, a guardian, or the state.
What is the difference between the custodial and non-custodial parent?
Depending on the jurisdiction, a custodial parent may pay child support to a non-custodial parent. Typically one has the same duty to pay child support irrespective of sex, so a mother is required to pay support to a father just as a father must pay a mother. In some jurisdictions where there is joint custody, the child is considered to have two custodial parents and no non-custodial parents, and a custodial parent with a higher income (obligor) may be required to pay the other custodial parent (obligee). In other jurisdictions, and even with legally shared residence, unless they can prove exactly equal contributions, one parent will be deemed the non-resident parent for child support and will have to pay the other parent a proportion of their income; the “resident” parent’s income or needs are not assessed.