Family law is an important arm of the law that addresses not only the terms of divorce and parenting concerns outside of divorce but also matters such as adoption, paternity, and prenuptial agreements. When your family is concerned, the matter is serious, and having an experienced Chicago family law attorney on your side can help considerably.
Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements are legal contracts that help guide financial matters, such as the division of marital property and alimony (called spousal maintenance in the State of Illinois), in the event the marriage in question ends in divorce. Prenuptial agreements can help to streamline the divorce process and can help reduce the level of contention involved, and while they can provide married couples with considerable peace of mind, they are not – contrary to popular belief – a stain on the marriage itself.
Family law often addresses the terms of divorce, which include:
Each of these, other than alimony, can also be addressed outside of divorce in the form of post-decree modifications. And parents who were never married also turn to family law to address parenting time and child support concerns.
Adoption allows a couple to become the legal parents – with all the rights and responsibilities involved – of a child who is not theirs biologically. The adoption process is legally challenging, and having skilled legal guidance is in your best interest.
Paternity determines who a child’s father is, and in Illinois, paternity must be established if the parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth. If both parents are not in agreement on the matter – and, therefore, refuse to establish paternity via official documentation with the court – the court can require a paternity test (DNA test).
Establishing who a child’s father is can benefit everyone involved in all the following ways:
If your family is facing a legal concern, the accomplished Chicago family law attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders understand how important the matter is to you and are well prepared to help. We take great pride in our stellar track record of guiding cases like yours toward beneficial resolutions that uphold our clients’ rights and best interests. We are on your side and here to help, so please don’t delay reaching out and contacting us for more information today.