When one or both spouses no longer want to be married, divorce is often the best option. Divorce proceedings end your marriage in the eyes of the law, and they give you a chance to take care of all of the important tasks related to separation, including division of property, child custody agreements and more. If you are going through a divorce or are preparing to file, you need a skilled divorce attorney on your team to make sure your rights are protected from start to finish.
If you and your spouse have children together, you must determine custody arrangements when you divorce. Illinois recognizes two different types of custody: physical custody and legal custody. Physical custody arrangements determine the child’s residence, while legal custody arrangements determine who has the ability to make important decisions for a child. Custody arrangements in Illinois are made to suit the best interests of the child.
Illinois law requires both parents to provide for their children financially. In many cases, this law makes child support arrangements necessary. Child support is determined based on the income of the non-custodial parent and may be modified based on the child’s specific needs or other factors.
In some cases, one spouse may be required to pay spousal maintenance, which is a payment made to support the other spouse financially. Spousal maintenance is determined based on a number of factors, including the income of both spouses, the earning capacity of each spouse, and the length of the marriage.
Division of Property
In Illinois, property division laws require equitable division of marital property. Equitable division may or may not be the same as equal division, depending on the circumstances. Most Illinois courts will also accept any reasonable property agreement reached by the divorcing spouses.
Contacting an Attorney
Here at The Law Offices of Robert F. Kramer, Ltd., we know and understand all of the laws that apply to divorce cases in Illinois, and we can help you make sure that your interests are diligently represented at all times. If you are involved in a divorce case in DuPage, Will, Kendall or Grundy County, or if you are planning to file, please contact a divorce attorney at The Law Offices of Robert F. Kramer, Ltd. today to discuss your needs or learn more about our services. We have offices conveniently located in Lombard and Plainfield, and we look forward to working with you!