Wheaton Family Law Attorney
For many residents of DuPage County, family law is their first interaction with the Illinois court system. If you are involved in a divorce, child custody, or parental rights matter, you will no doubt have many questions about what you need to do and what to expect from the process. The experienced Wheaton family law attorneys at the SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC can help provide you with some answers.
Providing Legal Advice and Assistance for All Family Law Matters
Family law encompasses a wide range of legal matters affecting domestic relations. Some of the more common subjects we deal with at the SAM LAW OFFICE, LLC include:
- Divorce: A divorce, or “dissolution of marriage” as it is known in Illinois law, is a formal legal proceeding that must follow certain rules. A divorce may be “no-fault,” or one spouse may allege adultery or other misconduct on the part of the other spouse. Regardless of the kind of divorce, there are common issues that still need to be resolved, either by agreement between the parties or by a judge following a trial.
- Alimony and Spousal Maintenance: Not every Illinois divorce requires an award of alimony. A judge will look at the individual facts of each case and decide whether the spouses are capable of supporting themselves following a divorce. If spousal maintenance is justified, it may only last a short time or indefinitely.
- Child Custody, Child Support, and Parenting Time Rights: Like alimony, a court will look at a number of factors when deciding matters of child custody. The wishes of the parents and the child will be taken into account, but are not necessarily binding on the judge. Depending on the situation, a judge may award sole physical and legal custody to one parent or establish some form of joined parenting plan. The non-custodial parent may also be required to pay periodic child support, which is based on a series of guidelines established by Illinois law.
- Establishing or Contesting Paternity: Although the law no longer stigmatizes children born outside of wedlock, there are still cases in which it is necessary to prove (or disprove) the paternity of a child for purposes of establishing child support obligations or parenting time rights.
- Enforcing Existing Family Law Orders: Unfortunately, just because a judge orders an ex-spouse or parent to do something, that is no guarantee that he or she will. Our Wheaton family law attorneys can assist you with enforcing a previously issued court order for child support, spousal maintenance, or any other terms of a divorce decree.
Contact the SAM LAW OFFICE LLC Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Family law matters often have a significant emotional and financial impact on the parties involved. The experienced professionals at the SAM LAW OFFICE LLC can help you and your family through this difficult time. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our Wheaton family law team. We serve clients throughout DuPage and Cook Counties.