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How Can I Get Financial Support During My Divorce?

 Posted on July 16, 2021 in Divorce

chicago divorce lawyerA divorce can be one of the most difficult and emotionally draining times of your life. It is also no secret that divorces can take a long time to finalize. If your spouse was the primary breadwinner in your marriage, you may wonder how you will financially support yourself and children in the meantime. After all, the mortgage, utility bills, childcare costs, and other bills still have to be paid. Luckily, you can file for temporary relief orders that can provide the financial support you need before the divorce is finalized and the final orders are entered.

Requesting Temporary Spousal Support

Before your divorce is finalized, you may request temporary spousal support from your spouse. You will be required to file a petition with the court and provide an affidavit that explains why you need the temporary relief. The affidavit has to contain bank statements, tax returns, and other financial documents that support your statements. A judge may consider several factors when deciding whether or not to award temporary maintenance, such as you and your spouse’s annual earnings, the standard of living you had during your marriage, the property you and your spouse own, and how long your marriage lasted.

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What Happens If a Guardian Ad Litem is Assigned to My Child Custody Case?

 Posted on June 25, 2021 in Child Custody / Parental Responsibilities

chicago child custody lawyerIn Illinois, child custody is broken down into two components. The allocation of parental responsibilities refers to how parents divide child-related decision-making responsibilities. Parenting time, formerly called visitation, refers to the time a parent spends directly caring for his or her child. Parents are asked to reach an agreement about parenting time, parental responsibilities, and other parenting concerns and describe the agreement in a parenting plan. However, reaching an agreement about these issues is not always easy – especially when divorcing or unmarried parents disagree about what is best for their child. In some child custody disputes, a guardian ad litem is assigned to the case.

Understanding the Role of a Guardian Ad Litem

In any child-related legal dispute, the child’s best interests are the court’s top priority. When parents disagree on how to allocate parental responsibilities or parenting time, the court may intervene and make a decision on the parents’ behalf. In some child custody disputes, a guardian ad litem (GAL) is assigned to the case. GAL’s are attorneys with special training in family law issues. The GAL is not an attorney representing either parent. Instead, the GAL’s job is to investigate the circumstances of the dispute and use what he or she learns to determine what is in the child’s best interests. The GAL shares his or her findings with the court and makes an official recomendation about the case’s outcome.

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What is the Importance of Paternity in Illinois?

 Posted on June 10, 2021 in Paternity

chicago paternity lawyer Paternity is classified as the legal relationship between a father and his child. When a child is born to parents who are not married, steps can be taken to establish paternity. Depending on the unique circumstances of your situation, establishing paternity may present many unforeseen challenges. If you find yourself in a paternity-related dispute, it is important to discuss your case with a skilled family law attorney. How to Establish Paternity

One of the most common ways to establish paternity is to sign and complete a Voluntary Acknowledge of Paternity (VAP) at the hospital after the child is born. If the father of the child is not present or is undetermined at that time, there are three ways to establish paternity at a later date:

  • Both parents may complete, sign, and submit a witnessed VAP with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services at any time

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How Is Spousal Maintenance Calculated in Illinois?

 Posted on May 11, 2021 in Spousal Support

Chicago divorce attorneysSpousal support, also called alimony or spousal maintenance, is designed to limit the negative financial consequences of divorce experienced by a lesser-earning spouse. In the past, husbands were almost always the payors of spousal support and wives were the recipients. However, as more and more women are becoming primary earners, orders of spousal support from ex-wives to ex-husbands are becoming more common.

In Illinois, courts have considerable discretion in determining whether or not to award spousal maintenance. Typically, statutory formulas determine the amount and duration of maintenance payments.

When Is a Spouse Entitled to Spousal Support?

If a divorcing couple has a valid prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement that establishes spousal support terms, the court will typically uphold this agreement. If there is no prior spousal maintenance agreement, the court will consider a range of different factors when determining whether spousal maintenance should be awarded. These factors include but are not limited to:

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