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Family law is a broad area of the law that covers many different issues that affect families of numerous sizes. Sometimes families are made up of two spouses who need help filing for divorce and dealing with the distribution of marital assets. In other situations, families may include children from a marriage and require the assistance of an experienced Des Plaines family law attorney in developing a parenting agreement. Under the new Illinois child support system, determining each parent’s support obligation can also be complex, especially when one or both of the parents already have minor children from another marriage for which they provide support.
At Arami Law, we know that no two family law cases are alike, and we provide personalized representation to each of our clients. We can get started on your case today.
Des Plaines Family Law Cases
As we mentioned, at Arami Law, we handle numerous types of family law issues, including but not limited to:
- Spousal Maintenance
- Parenting Agreements;
- Parenting Time and Parental Responsibilities;
- Child Support;
- Premarital and Postnuptial Agreements; and
Family Law Issues in Your Des Plaines Divorce
Depending upon the specific facts of your case, divorce issues can vary widely. However, all Des Plaines residents who are planning to file for divorce need to learn more about the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). The IMDMA governs almost all matters pertaining to divorce in Des Plaines and throughout the state of Illinois, such as:
- Filing requirements for divorce;
- Distribution of marital assets and debts;
- Spousal maintenance formulas; and
- Modifying spousal maintenance awards.
Illinois is what is known as a “no-fault divorce” state. This means that there are no grounds for divorce. Instead, any party filing for divorce will need to state that there are irreconcilable differences. This typically requires that the spouses live separate and apart for six months prior to the divorce, but a Des Plaines family lawyer can tell you more.
Understanding Illinois Law Affecting Families With Children
If you are going through a divorce in Illinois and have questions about child custody, it is important to recognize that Illinois courts no longer award child custody to one or both parents. Instead, there is a new model through which the court will allocate parenting time (physical time spent with the child) and parental responsibilities (right to make important decisions about the child’s upbringing and future). If the parents can agree to matters of parenting time and parental responsibilities, they can enter into an agreement through what is called a “parenting plan,” and the court can sign off on it.
Families also deal with child support issues. Illinois child support law recently changed to an “income shares” model. This means that both parents provide some of the support obligation for the child, based on a new set of guidelines. The income shares model took effect on July 1, 2017.
Contact a Family Lawyer in Des Plaines
When you have questions or concerns about a family law matter, you should reach out to an experienced family law attorney in Des Plaines. An advocate at Arami Law can speak with you today. Contact us to learn more about how we assist clients throughout Des Plaines.
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