Divorce happens for a number of reasons and each situation brings about its own unique circumstances. We regularly represent divorcing parties in order to help with dividing property, resolving child custody cases, and determining maintenance and support. Our experience in the courtroom and knowledge of the law help us leverage the best outcome for you. If you need advice, let’s talk.
Many married couples separate when determining whether they should split permanently or work towards resolving their issues. These couples may choose to receive a court-approved legal separation that defines the legally enforceable rights and obligations surrounding the separation without permanently ending the marriage.
A husband’s and wife’s rights and obligations in the event of a divorce are sometimes established before a marriage via a premarital contract called a prenuptial agreement. These agreements help protect financial interests in the event of a divorce. Premarital agreements are not only for the wealthy. They can help protect business interests and assets obtained prior to marriage, determine property settlements in the event of a divorce, establish maintenance or alimony, and preserve assets for heirs in the event of a death. These contracts can be a touchy subject, but they don’t have to be. We can help you understand, set up and, if necessary, resolve a premarital agreement.
Paternity, or parentage, relates to the rights and duties of a mother and father. Proving paternity, the rights of parents of children born out of wedlock, child support, parenting time and parental decision-making are a few things that are determined through paternity rights. If you have questions about paternity, and your rights, we can help.
Allocation of Responsibilities and Parenting Time
In divorces and paternity actions involving children, the allocation of responsibilities and parenting time (formally known as custody) will need to be determined. Our office is well equipped to guide people through contentious litigation that can surround children. We understand that litigation can be very difficult on children and our goal is to minimize that impact.
Appeals to the appellate and supreme court of Illinois
The trial court’s decisions may be appealed to the appellate court in Illinois. The appellate court is responsible for determining whether or not the trial court erred in its judgement. The Supreme Court reviews decisions made by the appellate court. We help you understand and work through each step of the appeals process.
Guardian Ad Litem Representation
Representing the best interests of children in family law court
An important part of family law litigation is determining what’s best for children in these cases. In some cases, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate the best interests of the children in issues involving parental decision making and parenting time (formally custody)
Mediating disputes in family law issues
No one wants a messy divorce. If both parties are able to mediate their family law issues – that helps everyone save time, money and stress.