Illinois family law is a broad area of the law that includes many different legal issues affecting families. At the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C., we regularly assist clients with cases ranging from the development of a premarital agreement to divorce matters to obtaining protective orders in domestic violence situations. We are committed to providing each of our clients with personalized and compassionate representation. Our firm knows how emotionally difficult family law cases can be, and we want to help you through the process.
To learn more about the family law services we provide, reach out to a Hinsdale family law attorney today.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. handle many different types of family law cases, including but not limited to:
Illinois divorces are governed by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). In order to file for divorce, also known as the dissolution of marriage, one of the parties must be a resident of Illinois (or a military member stationed in Illinois) at the time of filing. While Hinsdale residents used to have the option of alleging grounds for divorce under Illinois law, the state is now solely a “no fault” divorce state, meaning that there are no fault-based grounds for divorce.
Instead, in order to obtain a divorce, the party who files needs to state that “irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.” How does a filing party prove that there are irreconcilable differences that have caused the breakdown of the marriage? When a couple has lived separate and apart for six months or longer, the statute clarifies that there is “an irrebuttable presumption that the requirement of irreconcilable differences has been met.”
Many family law cases we handle concern child custody. In Illinois law, there is no longer such a thing as child custody. Instead, the terms of child custody and visitation have been replaced with “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time.”
Parental responsibilities are very similar to what we used to describe as legal custody, or the parents’ responsibilities regarding important decisions about the child’s upbringing. Parenting time is similar to what we used to discuss in terms of physical custody and visitation, or the amount of time the child physically spends with the parent, during which time the parent performs caretaking functions for the child. Both are determined based on the standard of the best interests of the child.
If you have questions about how the court will allocate parental responsibilities when it comes to your case, you should speak with a family law attorney in Hinsdale.
When you are facing a family law issue, you should not have to handle your case on your own. An experienced family law attorney in Hinsdale can discuss your options with you today. Contact the Law Offices of George M. Sanders, P.C. to learn more.