Divorce Attorney Assisting Clients in Forest Park, Illinois
If you are considering divorce, it is important to have a dedicated Forest Park divorce lawyer who can ensure that your voice is heard. Whether you are facing a contested or an uncontested divorce, Illinois divorce law under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) is complex. You deserve to have a compassionate advocate on your side who will support you at each stage of the divorce process.
At M. Scott Gordon & Associates, we regularly assist Forest Park clients with many legal issues in their divorces, including but not limited to:
- Filing your petition for dissolution of marriage;
- Property division;
- Child custody;
- Child support; and
- Modification of court orders.
Financial Matters in Your Forest Park Divorce
There are many different financial issues that arise in every divorce in Forest Park. In all divorces, the IMDMA requires that marital property be divided according to a theory of equitable distribution. Property division can become extremely complicated in high net worth divorces, as well as in situations where non-marital property has been commingled with marital property. Keep in mind that only marital property—assets and debts—is divided. Non-marital property is not subject to division. A Forest Park divorce attorney can help.
While not all divorces result in a spousal maintenance award, many parties in divorce cases in Forest Park do seek spousal maintenance. In order to be eligible for spousal maintenance, the party seeking it must request it. Then, the court looks to a number of different factors to determine whether spousal maintenance is appropriate, such as the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse to the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, and the assets and debts of the parties. If a court decides that spousal maintenance is appropriate, then it will determine the amount and duration of the award.
Due to a recent change in Illinois law, courts now use guidelines when determining the amount and duration of spousal maintenance. This change to the law streamlines spousal maintenance awards and makes them more objective.
Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time
If you are considering divorce and have children from the marriage, you likely know that Illinois law recently underwent a number of changes to the way it deals with child custody. Courts no longer award child “custody” in Forest Park divorces, but instead they allocate “parental responsibilities and parenting time”.
In addition to parental responsibilities and parenting time, anyone filing for divorce who has children should be aware that Illinois child support laws have also changed, as well. The state now uses an “income shares” model to calculate both parents’ support obligations.
Seek Advice from a Forest Park Divorce Attorney
Do you have questions or concerns about your divorce? An experienced Forest Park divorce attorney can assist with your case. We are committed to providing personalized representation to each of our clients, and we can speak with you today. Contact M. Scott Gordon & Associates for more information.
For reliable legal counsel, contact the Law Offices of M. Scott Gordon & Associates today at 312.360.0250 or use our online form to schedule an initial consultation. Our experienced and friendly attorneys will be happy to discuss your case. You can also visit our offices in Chicago and Skokie, Illinois.