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The prospect of divorce can leave you wishing to ignore the issue altogether, but taking a wait-and-see approach does nothing to help you protect your financial and parental rights. While divorce is a challenging transition, having an experienced Chicago divorce attorney in your corner can help you move forward with greater purpose – confident in the knowledge that you’re taking the steps necessary to help ensure an advantageous outcome. 

The Terms of Your Divorce

While it’s true that your divorce won’t mirror anyone else’s, the terms that you will need to hammer out are the same as everyone else’s (as applicable). These include:

  • The equitable division of your marital property
  • Your parental responsibilities and parenting time
  • Child support
  • Alimony 

Dividing Your Marital Property Fairly

Those assets and properties that you came to own while you were married are owned by both of you in the eyes of the law, and in the event of divorce, they must be divided between you fairly (in relation to the circumstances involved). Even if one of you purchased the item, paid for it, and used it as your own, it remains marital property that must be addressed in the division of your marital property. The only exceptions include gifts or inheritances that either of you received during your marriage in your own name alone. 

Addressing Your Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time Schedule

Illinois divides child custody into parental responsibilities and parenting time. Parental responsibilities assign decision-making authority for major parenting decisions such as the following:

  • Decisions about your children’s education
  • Decisions about the medical care your children receive
  • Decisions about your children’s religious upbringing
  • Decisions about your children’s travel and participation in extracurricular activities

You and your divorcing spouse can continue making these decisions as a team, but you can also address the issue in one of the following ways:

  • One of you taking on the authority to resolve a tie (in those instances when your good-faith negotiation efforts fail)
  • One of you being assigned sole parental responsibilities
  • Each of you making specific categories of decisions on your own

Parenting time determines what you may think of as physical custody. And while your scheduling options – if you are able to resolve the matter between yourselves – are considerable, each of them falls into one of the following categories:

  • One parent filling the role of the primary custodial parent, while the other has visitation 
  • Both parents splitting parenting time somewhat more evenly

Child Support

Child support payments help to ensure that both parents continue to support their children financially post-divorce. Child support takes a wide range of factors into consideration, but the parent who earns more generally makes child support payments to the other.

Alimony

Alimony is a payment system that only comes into play when one spouse lacks the means to support himself or herself financially and the other is capable of helping. 

Seek the Legal Guidance of an Experienced Chicago Divorce Attorney

The veteran Chicago divorce attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders have the experience, legal insight, and focus to help you. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Contact Our Illinois Divorce & Custody Law Firm Today

You will find our attorneys to be flexible, responsive, and ready to begin providing exceptional representation to protect your rights and your best interests immediately. Call our law office now at 312-624-7645 to schedule a consultation about your family law needs at no initial charge.

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