Divorce represents a difficult juncture in your life, and it can be as confusing as it is upsetting. While you are reeling from the emotional fallout of your pending divorce, you’ll also need to face the logistics of that divorce, which – ultimately – will have a profound effect on your future, including your parental and financial rights. An experienced divorce lawyer in Palatine will work closely with you in an effort to help secure your rights and to help pave the way toward your bright future.
Your divorce will follow its own unique trajectory, but there are certain components that represent the building blocks of every divorce (from the most complicated to the most straightforward), including:
Not every divorce involves every divorce term, but you and your divorcing spouse must find a way to agree on every term that does apply to your divorce. If you are unable to do so, you’ll need to take the terms that remain unresolved before the court, which means that you’ll have to relinquish your right to make these important decisions for yourselves. There are a variety of options regarding negotiations, however, that you can explore with your dedicated divorce lawyer before it comes to that. One important point to make is that the majority of divorces are settled out of court.
Parental responsibilities refer to who will be making the big decisions for your children moving forward. While it is customary for the court to assume that the parties should share this responsibility, there are situations that call for one parent to be given sole decision-making authority.. Parenting time concerns itself with the schedule by which the children will share time with both of you. It is rare for a parent to be refused some form of parenting time unless the circumstances warrant this drastic step. The court is always driven by the best interests of the children in all matters that affect them.
Because both parents remain financially responsible for raising their shared children, the state implements child support to help balance this responsibility between both parents (predicated on their relative financial ability to pay). Child support is typically calculated according to predetermined state guidelines, which takes into consideration both parties’ income, and the amount of time the children will be spending with each party.
Those assets that you acquired together or separately throughout the course of your marriage are considered marital, and they must be divided equitably – or fairly in relation to your specific situation – upon divorce.
Alimony or spousal maintenance comes into play only if one spouse will face a financial downturn with divorce and if the other’s financial situation allows him or her to offset this downturn. The longer the marriage and the greater the financial discrepancy, the more likely alimony may be ordered by the court.
The formidable divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Palatine understand the innate and consequential difficulties of divorce and are here to help. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.