Divorce is one of life’s more difficult transitions, and because the outcome of your divorce will directly affect you and your children’s future, it is generally unwise to move forward without experienced legal counsel in your corner. If you are facing a divorce, reach out to an experienced divorce lawyer in Wilmington today.
Your divorce will follow a path that is as unique as your family and your marriage, but there are several divorce basics that apply in nearly every situation, including:
The terms that apply to every divorce include:
Those assets and property that you and your spouse acquire over the course of your marriage are considered marital property, which is to be divided equitably in the event of divorce. Equitably here means fairly in relation to your marriage as a whole. Those assets that you bring into the marriage with you are considered separate property, and as long as you keep them separate throughout your marriage, they will remain yours upon divorce. Keeping assets separate within a marriage, however, can be a tall order, and complications very often ensue. Other factors that tend to complicate the division of marital property include:
Child custody in Illinois is divided into both legal and physical custody, and both can be either sole or joint. Legal custody relates to who makes the major decisions involved in raising your children, and physical custody (called parenting time in Illinois) relates to how the children divide their time between the two of you. Child support is the mechanism by which the state ensures that both parents contribute financially to raising their children, and it is calculated in accordance with careful state guidelines.
Alimony is intended to help rectify a post-divorce financial imbalance in which one spouse experiences a financial deficit and the other has the means to help. Typically, alimony is intended as a bridge that allows the recipient to seek the experience, education, and/or skills to obtain financial independence.
Divorce is a difficult hurdle, but the resourceful divorce lawyers at Sabuco Beck, P.C., in Wilmington, have considerable experience helping clients like you obtain favorable divorce terms, and we’re here for you, too. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.