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