Divorce is the dissolution of the marital contract, which means that, in addition to being a significant emotional transition, it is a serious legal matter. The terms of your divorce will have a considerable impact on your financial future and will determine your schedule with your children moving forward, which makes them far too serious not to receive your careful consideration from the outset. If you are facing a divorce, the best path forward includes consulting with an established Chicago divorce law firm today.
While your divorce will be specific to you and the unique circumstances involved, the terms of your divorce that need to be established remain the same for every divorcing couple and include:
Those terms that you and your divorcing spouse are able to come to a mutually acceptable agreement upon will remain in your control. If, however, you are unable to find middle ground on every term – with the guidance of your respective divorce attorneys and with the available alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation – you’ll need to turn to the court for all remaining determinations that are left to be made.
Your parental responsibilities relate to the responsibility of making important decisions on your children’s behalf, including decisions about the following:
This responsibility can be either sole or joint. The schedules that you and your ex share with your children (if joint) are now called parenting time (rather than visitation schedules), and you and your divorcing spouse can arrange your time in a manner that fits your family’s unique needs – or the court will likely assign a parenting plan that follows one of its basic schedule templates.
The division of your marital property involves separating that property that you and your spouse acquired over the course of your marriage in a manner that is considered fair under the circumstances. This division will play a starring role in your future finances, and it can become very complicated very quickly.
Child support is calculated according to specific state guidelines. In highly specific situations, however, the court will use its discretion to deviate from the state’s calculation methods.
Alimony is used to help offset one ex-spouse’s financial hardship (upon divorce) with the other ex’s financial means to help. Many divorces do not address alimony, but when appropriate, it can amount to an important financial tool.
If you are beginning the divorce process, you are facing an emotional journey forward. The compassionate Chicago divorce attorneys at Arami Family Law, Inc. are committed to employing their impressive legal insight and experience in advocacy of your parental and financial rights – and in pursuit of divorce terms that uphold these rights. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.
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