Lincolnwood Divorce Attorney

Lincolnwood Divorce Attorney

Illinois Divorce Lawyer Serving Clients in Lincolnwood

Beginning the divorce process can be complicated and exhausting. We know you likely have many questions about getting divorced, from the initial stages of filing a petition for the dissolution of marriage to managing financial aspects of the divorce such as property division, spousal maintenance, and child support.

While the process can be slightly different for everyone depending on their particular circumstances, it is important to work with a Lincolnwood divorce attorney who has experience handling a wide variety of divorce issues in Illinois. An advocate at Arami Law can begin working with you on your divorce case today. 

What Should I Expect from the Lincolnwood Divorce Process?

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) governs most legal issues that will arise in a divorce. The divorce process will include the following steps for most couples: 

  • One spouse files a petition for the dissolution of marriage after living separate and apart from his or her spouse for at least six months and after residing in Illinois for at least 90 days or 180 days (depending upon whether or not you have minor children from the marriage);
  • The other spouse can respond to the petition, and parties can determine whether they are able to agree on all issues of the divorce (uncontested divorce) or they disagree on one or more issues (contested divorce);
  • Property division will occur according to the theory of equitable distribution, meaning that the court will be divided in a manner that is fair to each of the parties taking into account a number of different factors (unless the parties agree to a property settlement ahead of time);
  • Spousal maintenance may be awarded if one of the spouses seeks maintenance, but the court first will need to determine whether spousal maintenance is appropriate under the circumstances and then it will turn to determining the amount and duration of the spousal maintenance award;
  • Child custody, or parental responsibilities, will be determined either through a parenting plan that the parents develop together or through an allocation judgment in which the court allocates parental responsibilities; and
  • Child support will be ordered based on the “income shares” model in which both parents contribute to the financial support obligation for the child or children.

Of course, given that each divorce has its own set of facts and circumstances, some of these steps might look different, and some of these steps may not be included in your divorce process. For example, if you have a premarital agreement that outlines the amount and duration of spousal maintenance, the court will not make those determinations. If you do not have minor children from the marriage, the court will not need to address parental responsibilities or child support.

Seek Advice from a Divorce Attorney in Lincolnwood 

Are you considering divorce in Illinois? An experienced divorce lawyer in Lincolnwood can speak with you today about your case and about your options for moving forward. Contact Arami Law to learn more about the services we provide to clients in Lincolnwood and across Illinois.

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