Divorce and Family Law
The Divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to providing the highest quality of legal services to our clients. Our talented attorneys are well known for zealously protecting the rights of our clients whether the Divorce case is resolved by settlement and negotiation, or at trial. A Divorce case is a serious law suit, and important rights may be lost unless you hire a trained lawyer very early in the process. The skilled Divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. have substantial education, training, experience, and expertise to handle your divorce case.
Most divorce cases are resolved by Negotiated Settlements, rather than by trial before the judge at the courthouse. Negotiated Divorce Settlements in Illinois usually take the form of a Marital Settlement Agreement, and where children are involved, by means of a Parental Responsibility Agreement. In simple terms, the Marital Settlement Agreement (“MSA”) is a written settlement agreement providing for spousal support if applicable, child support if applicable, and allocating the assets and liabilities of the married couple.
Likewise, the Parental Responsibilities Agreement (“PRA”) is a written settlement agreement awarding the decision-making authority (“Custody”) of the children to the parents, and establishing the parenting time (“Visitation”) between the children and their divorcing parents. Since most cases are resolved by Negotiated Settlements, it is important that you and your divorce lawyer take the necessary steps early in your case to work towards a Negotiated Settlement. The lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C., in the appropriate cases, initiate preparation of the settlement agreements early in order to complete your case as soon as possible.
Mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution sometimes used voluntarily by divorcing couples to settle their differences and sometimes ordered by the divorce court. The mediation process involves selecting a neutral third-party, usually a divorce lawyer or a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor to act as the mediator. The divorcing spouses meet with the mediator to attempt to reach an agreement regarding child custody issues, financial issues, and asset and liability allocation.
In some cases, the divorce court will order the parties to Mediation to attempt to resolve child custody disputes. Even though Mediation is mandatory in some cases, the mediator cannot force either of the divorcing spouses to settle the case. It is important to obtain legal advice from your own divorce lawyer before attending a Mediation session to develop a strategy which will result in a Mediation agreement acceptable to you. The skilled divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. have substantial education, training, experience, and expertise with respect to the Mediation process, and preparing you for your sessions with the mediator.
Illinois law governing divorce cases permits divorcing parties to recover from his or her spouse some or all of the Attorney’s Fees and/or expenses incurred in the divorce case. Generally, whether a divorcing spouse is entitled to an award of Attorney’s Fees and/or expenses are matters within the discretion of the Court, and usually depend upon whether either or both parties have an ability and the financial resources to pay their own and the other person’s Attorney’s Fees. The skilled divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. have substantial education, training, experience, and expertise with respect to Attorney’s Fees proceedings in the divorce court.
Interim Attorney Fees
Illinois law governing divorce cases permits one of the divorcing spouses to request the divorce court to order the other divorcing spouse to pay and/or contribute to his or her attorney’s fees during the course of the divorce case proceedings and before entry of the Final Divorce Decree. Generally, whether a divorcing spouse is entitled to an Interim Attorney’s Fee award depends upon certain factors, including: the spendable cash, bank accounts, and/or credit available to the spouse seeking attorney’s fees; the amount that the spouse seeking the attorney’s fees has paid to his or her attorney; the cash, bank accounts, and/or credit available to the spouse from whom the attorney’s fees are sought; and the amount paid to the attorney of the spouse from whom the attorney’s fees are sought. The skilled divorce lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. have substantial education, training, experience, and expertise with respect to Interim Attorney’s Fees proceedings in the divorce court.
Bruning & Associates, P.C. has offices conveniently located near you in Chicago, Schaumburg and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Please contact Bruning & Associates, P.C. to schedule your free consultation regarding your divorce case.
Serving clients with respect to Divorce, Negotiated Settlements, Mediation, Attorney Fees and Interim Attorney Fees in Northern Illinois, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, McHenry County, Lake County, Will County, Boone County, DeKalb County, Kendall County, LaSalle County, and Winnebago County.