Whether you are facing a divorce, need a post-divorce modification of terms, are facing a child custody matter outside of marriage and divorce, or have concerns related to paternity, an experienced family law lawyer in Barrington can help.
In Illinois, child custody is addressed in terms of parental responsibilities and parenting time, which correspond exactly with legal and physical custody. Legal custody sets the course for how you and your ex will address the primary parenting decisions you face, including:
You and your ex can continue making these important parenting decisions together – the way you always have – but other options include:
Parenting time is the schedule that tells you when you’ll have the children with you and when their other parent will have them.
State guidelines determine child support calculations in Illinois. Even if you and your ex have an equal amount of parenting time, the higher earner will likely make child support payments to the other.
Marital property refers to those assets that you and your spouse acquired throughout your marriage, and it does not matter who bought what or whose name is attached to what. This marital property will need to be divided between you fairly – in relation to a wide range of circumstances – upon divorce.
Alimony is only awarded in those divorce situations that leave one spouse without the financial means to support themself while the other is able to provide financial assistance.
Paternity refers to establishing a child’s legal father, and in Illinois, this is taken care of automatically when the parents are married at the time of a child’s birth. When this is not the case, other options include:
The establishment of paternity can benefit the mother, the child, and the father for a variety of important financial and emotional reasons.
The compassionate family law lawyers at the SAM LAW OFFICE LLC in Barrington are proud of their proven track record of guiding challenging cases like yours toward advantageous outcomes that serve our client’s best interests. To learn more about how we can help, please don’t put off contacting us today.