Once you have decided to end your marriage, you will quickly understand how much work there is to be done before a divorce can be finalized in Illinois. Like other states, Illinois requires that a number of steps must be completed before you will be divorced and are able to move on with your life. The reason for these steps is to make sure that all outstanding issues are resolved first. Working with skilled Mount Prospect divorce lawyers can help expedite the process and save you legal fees in the process.
At SAM LAW OFFICE LLC, our divorce attorneys work with Mount Prospect residents on all of their family law matters, including divorce. Even if you are looking for a ‘no fault’ divorce, and it is uncontested, you may still be able to benefit from legal representation. You may not realize that you are agreeing to an unfair settlement or that your spouse has led you to believe that some marital assets are sole and separate property. No matter what your divorce situation is, our Mount Prospect divorce attorneys are here to help. We will work tirelessly to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your kids.
Illinois follows the legal theory of equitable distribution when it comes to distribution of property in a divorce. What this means is that you are entitled to an equitable and fair settlement, but it does not necessarily mean 50/50 of each asset. That would be how property division would work in a community property state.
In situations where couples have a lot of rare or unique assets, it can be a more complex process. Businesses, multiple properties in different states, antiques, original artwork, and stock options are some of the assets that can make the marital distribution process more challenging. This is why you should not attempt to negotiate your own divorce settlement.
Determining alimony, or spousal support, can also prove to be challenging. If the court is tasked with deciding on support, it will look at whether an award is even justified prior to deciding on an amount. Not everyone will receive an award in their divorce.
Do you and your spouse have minor children? Child custody and support are two other potential challenges divorcing couples have to face. Depending on the age of your children, the family court judge will listen to their wishes as well as your own. However, their number one priority is to decide what is best for your children. This may wind up being something different than either you or your spouse wanted. In regard to child support, there are state guidelines that the court must follow if you and your spouse do not reach an agreement on support yourselves.
If you need assistance with your Illinois divorce, contact SAM LAW OFFICE LLC today to schedule an initial consultation.