Families are impacted by legal issues on a regular basis, from divorce and child custody proceedings to protective orders related to domestic violence. No matter what type of family law issue you are facing, an experienced Glenview family law attorney at our firm can help. Do not hesitate to get in touch with a dedicated and compassionate family lawyer at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. for more information about how we can help with your case.
Many family law matters that arise in Glenview concern the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), while others involve laws such as the Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act or the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. We regularly assist clients with many different legal issues impacting the family, including but not limited to the following:
Divorce, including filing a petition for the dissolution of marriage, dealing with property division, and spousal maintenance;
Many of the cases we work on involve financial issues affecting families.
When it comes to spousal maintenance after a legal separation or a divorce, it is important for couples to know that Illinois law changed recently with regard to spousal maintenance. While courts still use guidelines—and a general formula—for calculating spousal maintenance for many couples, the couples for whom the guidelines apply has been extended. Now, courts apply the guidelines when couples collectively earn less than $500,000 per year. The formula for calculating spousal maintenance also takes into account taxation changes.
Child support in Illinois is calculated under the “income shares” model. This means that the court will use the incomes of both parents to calculate a total child support obligation as if the family were still intact. Then it will assign a portion of the child support payment to each of the parents based on factors like income and the ways in which parenting time is shared.
Under the IMDMA, courts in Illinois no longer award child custody to one or both parents. Rather, courts determine whether and how parents will share “parental responsibilities,” which include significant decision-making responsibilities for the child, as well as parenting time in which the parent(s) provide caretaking functions for the child.
When you need assistance with a family law matter, you should get in touch with a family lawyer in Glenview. An advocate at our firm can answer any questions you have and can begin working on your case. Contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. for more information.