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If you are moving toward a divorce, you face a good deal of uncertainty ahead. Having an experienced Des Plaines divorce attorney on your side, however, will help to ensure that your financial and parental rights are well protected throughout the legal process – and that your divorce terms reflect this protection. Better understanding the Illinois divorce basics can help you face your divorce with increased confidence and greater determination.
The Court’s Role
You are facing a divorce, but this does not necessarily mean that your divorce will be going to court (except to be finalized). In fact, you and your divorcing spouse are free to negotiate divorce terms between yourselves if you are able to do so, and in such a case, you will not need the court to intervene on your behalf. This does not, however, mean that you and your soon-to-be-ex are expected to be of one mind regarding every term of your divorce. You have negotiation options that include:
- Negotiating between yourselves (with the experienced guidance of your respective divorce attorneys)
- Allowing your respective attorneys to skillfully negotiate terms between themselves (on behalf of each of you)
- Seeking an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) option, such as mediation, which your respective divorce attorneys will attend with you and will advise you throughout
If you and your divorcing spouse are unable to find common ground, you will need to proceed to court and allow the judge in your case to hand down those divorce terms that remain unresolved in your case.
The terms of your divorce fall into the following categories (as applicable to your situation):
- Division of Marital Property– Very generally, those assets you acquire when you are married are marital property that you will need to divide fairly upon divorce.
- Parenting Time and Parental Responsibility– Parental responsibility refers to who will be making the important decisions on behalf of your children, and parenting time refers to how your children will split their time between the two of you.
- Child support– Child support payments are indicative of both parents’ financial responsibility to support their children, and these payments are calculated according to fairly straightforward state guidelines.
- Alimony– Alimony or spousal maintenance is only a factor when one spouse experiences a financial downturn upon divorce, and the other has the financial means to help him or her obtain greater financial independence (via further education, job training, or experience).
Obtaining divorce terms that work for you helps to set the stage for you and your children’s post-divorce reality.
Turn to an Experienced Des Plaines Divorce Attorney for Legal Guidance You Can Trust
If you’re facing a divorce, the compassionate Des Plaines divorce attorneys at Arami Law are on your side and have the experience, legal insight, and drive to help. Our dedicated legal team understands the serious nature of your concerns and is committed to skillfully advocating for divorce terms that uphold your rights and support you and your children’s best interests. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.
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