Family law matters are extremely sensitive in nature, and more often than not, they tend to drag out and become more complicated than anyone involved anticipated. However, even though family law issues can be challenging, they can be addressed and navigated efficiently when you work with an expert family law attorney. Before getting involved in an Illinois family law case, it is important to speak with an experienced family lawyer in order to determine what your rights are and how to pursue the best possible results given your individual and unique needs.
Making the decision to get a divorce is a difficult one and the process of dissolving a marriage is often complex. This is particularly true in high net worth cases where the couple has a significant amount of assets that must be divided, or in cases where children are involved. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, the final outcome has the power to significantly affect your future and the future of your loved ones. Ensure that you have adequate legal representation throughout each stage of the divorce process by consulting with a seasoned family law attorney at the start of your case.
Child Custody – Allocation of Parental Responsibilities / Parenting Time
In 2016, the laws around child custody and visitation changed significantly in Illinois. Now, “custody” and “visitation” are referred to “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time” and each of these major aspects of raising children post-divorce needs to be determined in a divorce proceeding where there is a child or children involved. While courts are generally supporting when parents can come to a parental agreement together on child custody in determining where children will live and how decisions will be made about the child’s upbringing, the court will step in if there is no agreement. If there is no agreement, the court will determine what they believe is in the best interests of the child. With the help of an experienced family lawyer who can help you navigate a parental agreement and the courts, if necessary, you can be in the best position to get the parental responsibility and parenting time outcomes you are looking for.
As of 2017, child support is now determined in Illinois based on a formula that called “income share”. This guideline determines child support payments based on the income of the parents, including spousal support (“maintenance”). It also factors in overnight parenting time (child custody / “parenting time”), which can alter the formula. However, these situations can be complex, and an experienced Illinois family lawyer can help. For example, sometimes, income and expenses can be difficult to determine if there is a business ownership involved. With an experienced Chicago child support lawyer, you can best understand the child support guidelines and navigate any child support issues you may encounter.
Alimony / Maintenance
Alimony, called “Maintenance” in Illinois, deals with ongoing payments to one spouse after the marriage ends. In going through a divorce, you may be concerned about keeping up the lifestyle you have been living, or, having to pay too much money to your soon-to-be ex-spouse. Judges generally have some discretion in alimony / maintenance awards, though there are guidelines based on different factors. These factors include: each spouse’s income and property, standard of living during the marriage, needs of each party, duration of the marriage, and more. Working with an experienced family lawyer can ensure that you get the best possible maintenance in your position.
Contact The Law Office of Joseph P. Lyons Today for a Consultation to Discuss the Family Law Matters at Hand
No matter what type of family law issue you are faced with, the most important thing you can do to protect the rights and best interests of yourself and your loved ones is to speak with an experienced family law attorney. At The Law Office of Joseph P. Lyons, we have the skills and resources to provide you with zealous legal representation.
Family law matters have the potential to change your life and the lives of your loved ones significantly, both financially and emotionally. Having someone on your side who can passionately advocate for you both in negotiations and litigation is an important asset that you simply cannot do without. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to discuss your family law needs in a consultation, call (708) 986-0004 today, we can help!