Lake in the Hills Divorce & Family Law
Considering the impact on your family and relationships, it is wise to retain skilled legal counsel whether you are trying to work out disputes by agreement or taking disputes to court. Our lawyers at Bruning & Associates, P.C. are prepared to advise you, as we have amassed considerable experience and knowledge in our years of combined experience helping clients in McHenry County.
Please contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a Lake in the Hills divorce and family law attorney, and check out an overview of how we support your needs.
Representing Clients in All Types of Family Law and Divorce Cases
The financial and legal interests of spouses become closely intermingled over the course of the marriage, and divorce is the process by which they sever these ties. We can advise you on:
Illinois applies the law of equitable distribution when assessing marital property. The first step is categorizing assets as marital or separate since only property and debts acquired during the marriage must be divided. Equitable distribution means divvying up marital assets according to the interests of fairness rather than equally.
Spousal Support and Maintenance
Alimony is often appropriate to balance the financial disparities between spouses, and there are different types that might be applicable to your situation. Spousal support may be awarded both during divorce proceedings and after they conclude.
Spouses with significant assets and income face additional challenges when addressing alimony and complicated property ownership structures. Financial experts are often required to assist with valuation and business interests.
Family Laws and Minor Children
Though Illinois has updated its laws, the familiar concepts of child custody remain the same. Allocation of parental responsibilities is the new term, and it refers to how parents make the important decisions involved with raising a child. Joint custody is the preferred arrangement.
Even when co-parenting for purposes of custody, a child will usually reside with one parent. The non-residential parent will have visitation rights, now called parenting time.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services details child support guidelines. Both parents have an obligation to contribute to raising their child, but the residential parent takes on more of the burden. The parent with visitation rights will be required to pay child support to the other, based upon the income shares model and statutory guidelines.
Additional Services in Divorce and Family Law
You can also rely on our team for guidance with:
- Enforcement and modification of family court orders
- Parental relocation
- Guardianship proceedings for minors and disabled adults
- LGBTQ rights in family law and divorce case
- Establishing paternity
- Prenuptial agreements
- Grandparents’ rights
Addressing Divorce and Family Law Disputes
Almost any matter in a family law or divorce case can be worked out via compromise. Parties can negotiate an agreement on property division instead of being forced into an equitable distribution of marital assets. You can also reach an accord on the type, duration, and amount of spousal support.
While parents are encouraged to work on an agreed-upon parenting plan for custody and visitation, the judge must still review it closely to ensure that it serves the child’s best interests.
Family Law Mediation
Parties may opt for mediation, though a court will order them to participate in most cases. Though productive, healthy conversations guided by a trained mediator, it is often possible to reach an agreement when you never thought it was possible.
Any remaining disputes in family law cases must go to a hearing, and Bruning & Associates, P.C. is skilled with trial advocacy. We will collect evidence, present exhibits, and witnesses, and make persuasive arguments before the judge as we strive to obtain a favorable outcome.