Divorce Lawyers Plainfield
If you are facing a divorce, you owe it to yourself and your future to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer in Plainfield, Illinois, today. Divorce has a way of becoming very complicated very quickly, but the better you understand the process, the better prepared you’ll be to take this important legal step. While divorce can be painful and is rarely easy, it is sometimes the best way to move forward in your life.
Every divorce follows its own unique course, but the four major components of divorce remain the same for everyone. Ultimately, you and your divorcing spouse should try to find a way to come to agreeable terms on the following issues (or the court will do so for you):
- Child Custody Arrangements – Child custody arrangements generally involve one parent having primary custody – the children live primarily with this parent – and the other parent having a visitation schedule, or both parents might split custody evenly. This is known as physical custody. Legal custody refers to the parental rights and responsibilities of making important decisions on behalf of the children, such as decisions about their education, religious instruction, health care, and extracurricular activities. In the vast majority of cases, both parents share legal custody relatively equally.
- Division of Marital Assets – In a divorce, you and your divorcing spouse will divide the property you acquired together as a married couple, which is known as marital property, and which is offset by the debt you acquired together as a married couple. Property that you brought into the marriage and kept separate is not included in this division, and neither are any gifts or inheritances that you received in your name only during the course of your marriage. In Illinois, marital assets are divided in a manner that is deemed equitable rather than equal. This means that the court will divide your property in accordance with what it considers fair in your case – not necessarily 50/50.
- Child Support – Both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially. The primary custodial parent fulfills this responsibility in the course of providing the children with their primary home, and as such, the parent with the visitation schedule generally pays child support, which is determined in accordance with the state’s calculation process.
- Spousal Support – Spousal support (or alimony) is not a given, but if the circumstances support it, one spouse will provide the other with financial support post-divorce. Determining whether spousal support is appropriate and calculating the amount and duration of this support is based on myriad factors, such as the length of the marriage, any discrepancy in earning potential, the individual contribution each spouse made to the marriage, each spouse’s age and overall mental and physical health, and any other relevant issues.
Consult With An Experienced Divorce Lawyer in Plainfield Today
Divorce is never easy, but the dedicated divorce lawyers at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino in Plainfield, Illinois, are here to help. Our experienced legal team is committed to protecting your rights throughout the divorce process and to helping you obtain divorce terms that work for you and your children. We’re on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.