Divorce Attorney Lincolnwood, IL
If You’re Filing for Divorce in Lincolnwood, Partnering with a Skilled Divorce Lawyer Ensures Protection of Your Best Interests
For couples who live in Lincolnwood and are thinking about divorce, there are many questions that will need to be answered before a divorce can be finalized. While divorce can be emotional, stressful, and even intimidating, working with a talented Lincolnwood divorce lawyer can provide comfort and peace of mind during an otherwise unsettling time. To schedule your consultation with a Lincolnwood divorce lawyer from the office of M. Scott Gordon & Associates, please call directly or send a message today.
Assisting You in Navigating Complex Issues in a Lincolnwood Divorce
Our Lincolnwood divorce lawyers are available to help you navigate all of the issues that you will face in a divorce, including the most obvious, such as:
- Property division. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means that all marital property must be divided amongst spouses in a manner that is “equitable”, whereas separate property is not subject to division and can be kept separate. If couples cannot agree on a property division arrangement, the court will divide property based on various factors outlined in 750 ILCS 5/503.
- Child support. If you have children, a child support order will likely be part of your divorce settlement. Noncustodial parents are required to make child support payments in Illinois; the amount of support is based on Illinois child support guidelines, which consider parents’ income and number of children, and can be modified based on special circumstances.
- Child custody. Like child support, parents must make a determination about child custody in a divorce (“Allocation of Parental Responsibilities”). Some parents choose to split custody 50/50, whereas others agree to one parent being the primary caregiver, with the other visiting on a regular basis. Sometimes, a couple cannot reach an agreement about custody, requiring the court to step in and make a decision based on the child’s best interests.
- Alimony. Finally, alimony, or spousal “maintenance”,, may be part of a divorce settlement if one spouse is financially dependent on the other. Our lawyers can help you to understand eligibility for spousal support and how spousal support is calculated.
Do I Really Need a Lincolnwood Divorce Lawyer?
While there is no legal requirement to hire a lawyer when filing for a divorce, we strongly recommend doing so. Our lawyers have years of experience, a reputation for excellence, and are passionate about what we do. Even if your divorce is uncontested, which means that you and your spouse are in agreement about the various issues in a divorce, hiring an attorney who can review all documents and contracts before a settlement is finalized ensures that you’re not giving up your right to a more equitable outcome.
Call the Offices of M. Scott Gordon & Associates Today
While divorce can feel isolating, you’re not alone. Our team at the offices of M. Scott Gordon & Associates can assist you. Our Lincolnwood divorce lawyers encourage cooperative divorce proceedings that seek to minimize conflict and help couples reach an agreement amicably, but we also have trial experience and are confident in the courtroom. For your consultation, please call our law office directly or send us a message today.