Divorce in Irving Park is never easy, even when both parties agree to most or all terms of the dissolution of their marriage. Yet for many married couples, divorce does happen. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), anywhere from 40% to 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, and that figure is higher when we take into account second and third marriages.
When you are considering divorce or have just started the divorce process, it is necessary to have a strong advocate on your side with experience handling divorces in Cook County. A dedicated Irving Park divorce attorney at the Arami Law Office can discuss your case with you today.
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/) governs most issues that will arise in an Irving Park divorce. Our firm has experience handling many divorce matters, including but not limited to:
Generally speaking, the first step in any divorce case is for one of the parties to file a petition for the dissolution of marriage. Depending upon the specific facts of the case and whether there are minor children from the marriage, the couple may be able to have an uncontested divorce, which can be much quicker than a contested divorce. Whenever a married couple disagrees about a single term of the divorce, the divorce becomes “contested,” and the parties typically must go before a judge.
Our firm routinely helps families with financial matters that arise during a divorce in Irving Park. When it comes to property division, spousal maintenance, and child support, it is important to understand how courts rely on the IMDMA for distributing property and making support determinations.
For anyone seeking a divorce, it is important to know that marital property is distributed in the state according to a theory of equitable distribution. The court will divide property between spouses in a way that is fair to each of them based upon a number of statutory factors. Similarly, when one spouse seeks alimony, the court first looks to a number of statutory factors to determine whether alimony is appropriate. Then, for most couples, the amount and duration of alimony depend, upon the parties’ incomes and the duration of the marriage.
Child support is also an important financial matter in family law. Illinois now uses the “income shares” model for calculating a child support obligation. This model considers both parents’ incomes, as well as other factors like the number of overnights each parent has with the child. Both parents contribute a percentage toward the total child support obligation.
If you are thinking about filing for divorce, or if you are in the middle of a divorce and need an attorney with experience handling a case similar to your own, you should know that an experienced and compassionate Irving Park divorce lawyer at our firm can help. Contact the Arami Law Office to learn more about the services we provide to clients in Irving Park and throughout Cook County.
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