Family law lawyers are there for you whenever you have family law concerns, including those related to divorce, child support, child custody, visitation schedules, and much more. The outcome of your divorce – or family-related legal concern – will reverberate throughout you and your children’s futures, and it’s important to give these matters the legal attention they deserve. If you have a divorce concern, need a post-divorce modification, or have any other family-related issues, an experienced family law lawyer in Chicago can help.
In the State of Illinois, most divorced parents share legal custody of their children. This means that both parents share the rights and responsibilities related to making important decisions on behalf of their children, including:
Physical custody –or residential custody – however, refers to the parent with whom the children live. Typically, one parent will be the primary residential parent (the children live primarily with this parent) and the other parent will have a visitation schedule.
Often, child custody determinations made at the time of divorce need to be modified over time, as the needs of the children change. An experienced family law attorney will help ensure that you and your children’s rights are well protected throughout your divorce or child custody modification.
Both parents are required to help support their children, and as such, the statutory guidelines will take into consideration the income of both parties, as well as the amount of time the child spends with each parent. However, the child support that is set at the time of divorce – or at the time of the child’s birth if the parents aren’t together – may not remain relevant throughout his or her first 18 years. Child support is often modified as children’s lives progress, and as both parents’ incomes change. This is another important arena of family law attorneys.
If you are facing a divorce, you and your divorcing spouse will be dividing your marital assets in a manner that is deemed equitable – or fair – by the court, the marital home is often a sticking point. If it is your intention to remain in your family home with your children, it’s understandable. After all, it is difficult enough for children to watch their family change so dramatically, having to leave the home that provides them with comfort and stability may feel like too much.
The fact is, however, that your family home is very likely your most valuable marital asset, which can make remaining in it difficult – if you cannot afford to pay your divorcing spouse off for his or her equitable portion. Your experienced family attorney will implement his or her considerable negotiation skills to help you find a path forward that works for you and your children.
Whatever your family law concern, the dedicated family law attorneys at The Law Offices of George M. Sanders in Chicago have the experience, skill, and compassion to help you obtain a resolution that works for you and your children. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.