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Divorce is never easy, even when you and your spouse can agree to terms. While you may have friends or family members who have gone through a divorce, most Cook County residents do not realize how complicated most divorce proceedings can be. The dissolution of marriage is a legal process that has numerous steps, and it is important to have an experienced and compassionate Cook County divorce lawyer on your side to make sure that you get a fair deal. Whether you need assistance with a property settlement or handling a contentious child custody case, one of our dedicated advocates can speak with you today about your situation.
Common Issues in a Cook County Divorce
While the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) will apply to any individual who files for divorce in Cook County, no two divorces are exactly alike. Sometimes couples have only been married for a short amount of time and have almost no marital property or children from the marriage. In other cases, a couple may have been married for decades and could need assistance with the division of complex property as well as complicated issues involving minor children.
At Arami Law, we have experience helping Cook County families with uncontested and contested divorces that involve some of the following common issues:
- Complex property division;
- High net worth divorce;
- Dealing with a marital business;
- Spousal maintenance after decades of marriage;
- Enforcing a prenuptial agreement;
- Parental responsibilities;
- Parenting time; and
- Child support.
Filing a Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage in Cook County
While Illinois used to have grounds for divorce, there is only “no fault” divorce in the state now. As such, anyone who wants to file a petition for the dissolution of marriage in Cook County—which is a petition for a divorce—will need to assert that “irreconcilable differences have caused the breakdown of the marriage.”
The court presumes that there are irreconcilable differences and that any attempts at reconciliation would fail if the couple has been living separate and apart for at least six months.
Property Division in a Cook County Divorce
In an Illinois divorce, marital property is divided based on a theory known as “equitable distribution.” This method of property division is used in many states, and it means that the court will divide property in a manner that is fair to both of the spouses. Only in rare cases will equitable distribution result in an equal or 50/50 distribution of marital property.
It is important to keep in mind that the division of marital property includes the distribution of both assets and debts from the marriage. For couples who have been married for many years or who are involved in a high net worth divorce, property division can be extremely complicated.
Seek Advice From a Cook County Divorce Lawyer
Whether you need help with complex property division or a divorce case involving minor children, an advocate at Arami Law can speak with you today about your case and can discuss your options with you. A Cook County divorce attorney at our firm can provide compassionate representation throughout your divorce. Contact us today to learn more about the family law services we provide to clients in Cook County.
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