If you have made the difficult decision that divorce is the right choice for you, you face complex decisions and an emotional journey ahead. Because your financial and parental rights are on the line, it’s important to take a focused approach forward, and working closely with a dedicated divorce attorney in Schaumburg is an excellent place to begin.
Divorce terms break down into those that address your financial rights and those that address your parental rights. In terms of your finances, the division of your marital property is primary and has the potential to be one of the most challenging divorce terms that you face. Those properties and assets that you acquire during your years as a married couple are considered marital property, and in the State of Illinois, these assets must be divided equitably – rather than equally – in the event of divorce. Equitably means fairly (after a wide range of relevant factors are taken into careful consideration).
While alimony is situational, it is often considered appropriate when one spouse is facing a financial setback with divorce, and the other has the financial means to help. Alimony is generally temporary and is intended to allow the recipient the time necessary to gain financial independence.
Divorce will also directly affect your parental rights – in terms of both legal custody (called parental responsibilities in Illinois) and physical custody (called parenting time in Illinois). Parental responsibilities determine who will be making important decisions on behalf of your children, including those related to the following:
You and your ex can address this decision-making responsibility in any of the following ways:
Parenting time refers to how you and your children’s other parent will divide your time with your children. The basic options include one of you becoming the primary custodial parent (while the other has a visitation schedule) and dividing your parenting time more evenly between both of you. If you and your divorcing spouse are able to negotiate a parenting time schedule between yourselves, you can employ as much flexibility as you require, but if you need the court to do so for you, you’ll likely receive one of the state’s standard schedules.
Child support is how the state ensures that both parents continue to support their children financially post-divorce. While many factors can play a role in the determination of child support, the parent with the higher income generally takes on the child support obligation.
The divorce attorneys at SLG Family Law in Schaumburg dedicate their impressive practice to skillfully guiding divorce cases like yours toward favorable resolutions that help support our clients’ brightest post-divorce futures. We are on your side and here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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