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Downers Grove Divorce Attorneys

Downers Grove Divorce Attorneys

Downers Grove Divorce Attorneys

Divorce is a complicated legal process that is also extremely sensitive to the involved parties. The fact is that the outcome of your divorce will have lasting overarching effects on your life and, if you have children, your children’s lives. If you are facing a divorce, the potential consequences are far too important not to obtain the professional legal counsel of experienced Downers Grove divorce attorneys.  

Your Illinois Divorce

Divorces in Illinois are strictly no-fault. This means that you can no longer pursue a divorce based on your spouse’s marital misconduct. Instead, every divorce is based on irreconcilable differences. The law sets out specific requirements for divorcing couples, such as resolving a number of issues, including child custody and child support, the division of marital property, and spousal maintenance.  

Child Custody Arrangements

An important concern of every divorcing couple with children is the child custody arrangement that will be put into place. Illinois has revised the approach to custody by replacing the term custody with allocation of parental responsibilities. With respect to where the children live, the courts are more interested in the concept of shared parenting and have replaced the concept of visitation with parenting time. The allocation of parental responsibilities refers to which parent makes important decisions on behalf of the children, which includes decisions related to:  

  • The children’s education
  • Extracurricular activities
  • The children’s religious upbringing
  • The children’s medical care 

The preference is that parents share legal decision-making authority. If you and your divorcing spouse are capable of communicating in an effective way with respect to the children, you’ll likely share these parental responsibilities. If two divorcing parents are incapable of effectively making joint decisions, a court may grant decision-making power to one parent. If you and your former spouse cannot agree on decision-making responsibility, it will be important to work with experienced Downers Grove divorce attorneys to find a fair resolution.

Parenting time refers to who the child is living with at any given time, and many parents equally share time with their child. Sometimes, one parent might provide the children with their primary home while the other parent has a parenting schedule.   

The Division of Marital Property

The State of Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means that marital property will be divided “equitably” between the two divorcing parties. The court will look at a number of factors when determining what is an equitable distribution. Determining what constitutes marital property and how marital property should be distributed can raise many complex and difficult issues. 

Spousal Maintenance

Under current Illinois law, spousal maintenance – sometimes referred to as alimony – is determined pursuant to a fairly detailed statutory framework. While the court will almost certainly use the statutory framework, it can, under certain conditions, deviate from a simple application of the framework. Overall, Illinois courts will look at a variety of factors when determining if spousal maintenance is appropriate, such as:  

  • The duration of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s individual financial needs and resources
  • Each spouse’s age and overall health (both physical and mental)
  • Each spouse’s present and potential earning capacity
  • Each spouse’s individual contributions to the marriage (including the contribution of homemaking)
  • The standard of living obtained in the marriage

If You Are Considering Divorce, Our Experienced Downers Grove Divorce Attorneys Can Help 

The outcome of your divorce will have serious consequences for you and your children in your post-divorce lives. Allow the dedicated Downers Grove divorce attorneys at SLG Family Law to help protect your rights throughout the divorce process. Our experienced legal team is here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.

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