Chicago Family Law Firm
Family law matters are exceedingly important issues that involve your finances, your marriage, your children, and other important aspects of your life. Whether you are facing a divorce or have a child-related issue in family court, an experienced attorney in a reputable Chicago family law firm can help.
Common Family Law Matters
Although every case is unique based on the individuals involved and their own circumstances, some common cases can often revolve around the following issues:
- Your Child Custody Arrangements – If your divorce involves children or you are not married to your child’s other parent, your child custody arrangements are likely a primary concern. Generally, both parents will share legal custody, which means they share the important responsibility and right of making specific decisions on behalf of their children (related to education, religion, and health care). Further, divorced parents also typically share residential custody, if it is not feasible for the parties to equally share residential custody, it will be necessary that one parent becomes the primary custodial parent with whom the children live primarily, and the other parent has a visitation schedule.
- The Division of Your Marital Property – The assets that you and your spouse acquired together as a married couple is considered your marital property, and it will be divided upon divorce in a manner that is considered equitable or fair, which does not necessarily mean equal. This division is likely to significantly affect your financial future, and as such, requires careful attention.
- Child Support – Child support is based on Illinois’ calculation guidelines, which takes into account the income of both parties and the time each party spends with the children. The aim of child support is to ensure that both parents continue to uphold their financial responsibility to support their children through high school.
- Spousal Support – Spousal support is more commonly known as alimony or maintenance, and while it is by no means a given, the courts do turn to it when there is a significant financial discrepancy between divorcing spouses. If one spouse doesn’t have the means to financially support himself or herself post-divorce and the other spouse has the ability to help, alimony may be in order.
Your Divorce Case
If you and your spouse can find common ground on all of the elements of divorce that pertain to your case, you can move forward toward finalizing your divorce with the least amount of legal intervention. Such levels of intervention can be categorized as follows (in order of progression):
- You and your respective attorneys can hammer out the details between yourselves.
- Your respective attorneys can negotiate on behalf of each of you for terms you can both sign off on.
- You and your respective attorneys can enter into mediation in which a neutral third-party helps you explore your options.
- You can take any issues that remain unresolved before the court and allow the judge to make these important decisions for you.
An Experienced Attorney at a Chicago Family Law Firm Can Help
If you have family law concerns, the dedicated family law attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago are committed to helping you find the answers you need. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us today.