While every divorce is an emotional and legal journey, everyone’s path forward is unique. One of the most important steps you can take to help ensure that your financial and parental rights are well protected throughout the divorce process is working closely with an experienced Glenview divorce attorney from the outset – whether that means you’ve been served with divorce papers, are considering pursuing a divorce, or have made the difficult decision that a divorce is in your best interest.
While your divorce will be specific to you, the terms every person going through a divorce needs to address (as applicable) include the following:
Parental responsibilities and parenting time are the terms used by the state of Illinois for legal and physical custody (respectively). Parental responsibilities assign the authority to make the decisions that are central to parenting, such as those related to the following
Parental responsibilities can be shared equally, but one parent is sometimes awarded the authority to break any unresolvable ties. Alternatively, you and your ex can divide this responsibility between yourselves based on the kind of decision that needs to be made. Finally, one of you may be awarded sole parental responsibilities, which means this parent will make these decisions on their own.
Parenting time assigns the schedule that determines when the kids are with you and when they’re with their other parent. While the details can vary significantly, one of the following will apply:
Parents who are no longer together are required to continue supporting their children throughout their childhoods, and child support balances this responsibility between both parents. While a range of factors are addressed in the calculation process, you can generally expect the parent with greater earnings to make child support payments to the other.
Marital property refers to those assets that you and your spouse came to own while you were married, and in the event of divorce, they will need to be distributed between you equitably. This does not necessarily mean equally, but it does mean fairly in relation to a range of relevant circumstances.
Alimony payments are intended to help the recipient gain the financial independence necessary to support themselves after divorce. Only when one spouse has a financial need and the other has the financial means to help is alimony awarded.
The trusted Glenview divorce attorneys at Hammer Serna & Quinn have the experience, focus, and drive to skillfully advocate for your case’s optimal outcome – in pursuit of divorce terms that uphold your parental and financial rights. We are here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information today.
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