Divorce represents the dissolution of a legal contract, which makes it a complicated legal matter, and when you couple this with the emotional upheaval that is a nearly universal accompaniment, it’s a lot. If you are facing a divorce, do yourself a favor by reaching out to an experienced divorce attorney in Naperville today. Your parental and financial rights are on the line.
Your divorce will be unique based on the circumstances of your marriage, but it must address the same terms that every other divorce addresses, including:
Those terms that you are able to negotiate between yourselves will remain within your decision-making power. Any terms, however, that you are ultimately unable to resolve will require the court’s intervention.
The assets that you accumulated together as a married couple – regardless of who buys something or holds the title – are marital assets that will need to be distributed equitably between you upon divorce. An array of relevant factors goes into the determination of what is equitable (or fair) given the circumstances involved. Those separate assets that you brought into the marriage with you will remain your separate property.
Your parental responsibilities are divided into making important decisions on behalf of your children, which used to be called legal custody, and dividing your parenting time with your children’s other parent, which used to be called physical custody.
The decision-making authority granted includes decisions related to all the following:
This responsibility can be taken on by one of you, can be shared, or can be divided between the two of you according to the kind of decision being made.
Your parenting plan – or the schedule by which you divide your time with your shared children – will either make one of you the primary custodial parent or will divide your time with the kids more equally.
Child support helps to balance the financial obligation that both parents shoulder. The primary determinants regarding child support, which is calculated according to state guidelines, include the number of overnights each of you has with the kids and each of your incomes. Generally, the parent who is the higher earner is the parent who pays child support.
Alimony is only considered appropriate when one spouse experiences a financial downturn with divorce and the other has the financial ability to help offset it.
The accomplished divorce lawyers at SLG Family Law in Naperville have a wealth of experience helping clients like you successfully resolve their most complicated divorce concerns, and we’re here for you too. To learn more about how we can help you, please don’t wait to contact us today.
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