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Family Law

Divorce

We understand that getting a divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience. Our talented attorneys can advise you in all aspects of your divorce case, whether you are interested in working out an agreement or are facing complex custody and/or property issues. Our family law attorneys understand such issues as asset and business valuation, high net worth divorces, child and spousal support, property distribution, parental rights and obligations, and tax consequences of divorce, among many others.

Custody

In Illinois, the standard used to determine custody of children, for both married and non-married parents, is the “best interest of the child” standard. In the often-confusing world of custody battles, we are here to help you make sense of your rights as a parent, as well as give you the best strategy for achieving the custody and visitation arrangement you desire. Illinois recognizes sole custody and joint custody, with the difference being who is able to make the major decisions in the life of the child. In both scenarios, parenting time or visitation can vary according to the parties’ agreement and what is best for the child(ren).

Paternity/Parentage

Parentage cases in Illinois, which were formerly called paternity cases, are the proper starting point for unmarried parents who have not previously been in court on any child support or custody matter. Under Illinois law, there is a presumption that a father who signs a birth certificate of a child is the legal father of the child. However, a mother or father wishing to bring a petition for child support, custody, visitation, or related relief must first seek an order requesting that parentage be established. This can be accomplished through consent, or in the case where consent is not offered, through a DNA test ordered by the court. Once a parent/child relationship is legally established, the parents of the children may petition the court for child support, parenting time/visitation, and other relief as allowed by law.

Child Support

Child support in Illinois is governed by guidelines set forth in the law. The guidelines set child support at a certain percentage of net income, based on the amount of children you are supporting under the order. For one child, the guideline amount is 20% of net income, two children is 28%, three children is 32%, four children is 40%, five children is 45%, and more than five children is 50%. If you are a parent who needs child support, we can help you. We can also help you if you are the parent who pays child support and would like to modify a child support order or defend against an inaccurate child support arrearage. Our attorneys have experience with child support cases involving low to high income, deviation from guidelines, discretionary income, and small business income.

Maintenance (Alimony)

Maintenance, formerly known as alimony, is support that one ex-spouse pays to another. Enacted in January 2015, a new law governs the amount and duration of maintenance, once a judge has made the determination that maintenance is appropriate in your case. In general, the amount of maintenance is based on the gross income of each party, and the duration is based on the length of the marriage. Judges determine whether maintenance is appropriate based on factors surrounding the income, needs, and earning capacities of the parties.

Other Areas of Family Law

  • Domestic Violence/ Orders of Protection
  • Modification of Judgments
  • Petitions for Contribution to College
  • Petitions for Removal (moving with a child out of state)
  • Adoption 
  • Guardianship 
  • Grandparents’ Rights
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