Family Law Attorneys in Chicago

Family Law Attorneys in Chicago

Illinois Family Lawyers Serving Clients in the Chicago Area

Many different types of legal issues can impact families in Chicago. In many situations, legal matters impacting families arise out of divorce proceedings. For example, you may have questions or concerns about the process of filing for divorce, seeking spousal maintenance, or working through a difficult child custody case. At the same time, there are also many kinds of family law matters that occur outside of divorce, including child custody and child support matters, paternity issues, and grandparent visitation.

Our firm has years of experience handling a wide variety of family law cases for families throughout Chicagoland, and one of our dedicated family law attorneys in Chicago can speak with you today about your case.

Different Types of Family Law Issues That Arise in Chicago

Our firm regularly assists Chicago clients with numerous family law issues. Examples of some of the types of cases we routinely handle include but are not limited to the following:

  • Filing a petition for dissolution of marriage;
  • Valuation of marital property;
  • Classifying marital property and separate property;
  • Distribution of marital property;
  • Complex property division;
  • High net worth divorce;
  • Spousal maintenance or alimony;
  • Creating a parenting plan, including parenting time arrangements;
  • Allocation of parental responsibilities, or child custody;
  • Child support, including calculating contributions based on the income shares model;
  • Child support collection issues;
  • Modifications to existing family law orders or judgments; and
  • Paternity questions.

These are just some examples of the family law cases we handle. A Chicago family law attorney at our firm would be pleased to discuss your case with you and the various options that may be available to you.

Filing for Divorce in Chicago

Divorces are among the most common family law issues we handle, including the initial stages of filing a petition for dissolution of marriage. It is important to know that, under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), Illinois is a no-fault divorce state. Accordingly, the spouse who files a divorce petition does not need to state grounds for divorce.

In order to get divorced in Illinois, the statute clarifies that the court must make the finding that irreconcilable differences have made it impossible to continue in the marriage and that the court determines that it would be detrimental to the family to even try. When two married people live separate and apart for at least six months, there is a presumption that the “irreconcilable differences” requirement has been met.

Financial Matters Affecting Chicago Families

Arami Law also routinely assists families with financial matters pertaining to divorce and parenting. When it comes to spousal maintenance, Illinois has guidelines for determining the amount and duration of an award when the married couple has a combined gross income of less than $500,000.

In terms of child support, Illinois now uses what is known as the “income shares” model, which calculates a total child support obligation based on both parents’ incomes and apportions the obligation to both parents based on a number of different factors.

Contact a Chicago Family Law Attorney

If you need assistance with a legal matter affecting your family, from filing for divorce to modifying a child custody order, an experienced Chicago family lawyer at our firm can get started on your case. The advocates at our firm serve families throughout Cook County. Contact Arami Law today to learn more about how we can assist you.

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