Divorce & Family Law Frequently Asked Questions
When people are experiencing a family law issue such as divorce, child custody, child support or any other type of family legal problem they will assuredly have many questions. These are some of the most common questions our clients ask us at Arami Law in Chicago.
Do I have to pay alimony/maintenance in a divorce?
Many times one spouse will be ordered to pay spousal maintenance to the other when they divorce. However, there are many important factors to consider and every situation is unique so it’s best to contact us to discuss this matter further.
Who receives custody of the children in a divorce?
There are two types of custody to consider: legal and physical. Parents will have to work together to decide who gets custody of the children. If they cannot come to an agreement, then a court will have to rule on the matter. We can help you work through these issues, which is why it’s best to contact our office if you have young children and are going through divorce.
How much will it cost to file for divorce?
The cost of Divorce can vary greatly depending on several factors, however the fee for filing for divorce typically costs $100 – $400 in most places. However, each situation is unique so contact us for more details.
How is child support determined?
There are many factors that will play a role in determining how much child support will be awarded. For example, how many children need to be supported, what kind of health care is needed and how much money both spouses currently earn. Because every situation is different, it is best to contact our office for more details.
What happens to retirement funds and 401(k) plans in a divorce?
Like all other assets, retirement funds can be part of a divorce settlement. No two situations are the same, so it’s best to contact us and explain your situation, which will allow us to better understand your case.
How long does it take for a divorce to be final?
The timing of divorce is affected by several factors, but in most cases a divorce will typically take up to six months. Some divorce cases can be finalized quicker and many can take longer. Contact us and we’ll discuss the most likely scenarios in your particular situation.
My spouse and I agree on all issues. Do I need to have an attorney to get a divorce?
Even if you and your spouse have no disagreements with your divorce settlement, it is still a good idea to contact and retain a divorce attorney. Without any agreement on paper either spouse could change his or her mind, which would leave no guarantee that the verbal agreement would be honored. Contact us to see why you should use our office in divorce.
What do I have to do to get the divorce process started?
The first step to begin divorce proceedings is to file for a divorce petition with the court. We can explain how the process works and help you do this.
How can I get visitation with my child when my ex won’t let me see them?
If there is a disagreement in visitation rights or parenting time and one parent is not complying with the agreement, then the other parent can petition the court for help. Likewise if you aren’t satisfied with the agreement, then you can also petition the court for a change. Every case is unique and a lot of factors are involved so contact us to learn more about these situations.
What if the non-custodial parent fails to pay the court-ordered support?
When the non-custodial parent refuses to pay child support the custodial parent should contact an attorney for help. At Arami Law we will take the necessary legal steps in order to get the non-complying spouse to honor the court order.
Contact Us for More Information
Of course, we understand that these are not all the possible questions that people might have regarding divorce and family law issues. If you need more information regarding one of these questions, or you have additional questions that are not answered here, then please contact us at your earliest convenience so we can help you. We understand divorce and family law in Chicago and we will help you with any questions you have. Call us today at 312-212-1399, or click here.