Attorneys For Divorce, Child Custody, and Related Matters
Family-related legal issues can be complicated and fraught with emotion. Normal legal problems affect only one part of your life; however, family issues affect your entire life. For many people, taking legal action to address personal, private matters between married spouses, parents and children, or other family members can be difficult. However, it is important to address these issues properly, since decisions that are made in court can have long-lasting or permanent ramifications on your finances and your relationships with your children and other family members. When dealing with these types of issues, it is essential to work with an experienced and dedicated family law attorney. At SBK Law Group, our lawyers have more than 25 years of combined legal experience, and we can provide you with the legal help you need in these cases. We will make sure you understand your rights, guide you through the steps you will need to follow, represent you in court, and work toward a positive resolution to your case that will help ensure your family’s ongoing success. Our lawyers have extensive experience dealing with complicated family law cases. When you feel your life is being ripped apart, you need attorneys with the knowledge and skill to help you piece it back together.
Family Law Issues In DuPage County And Kane County
Family court cases typically involve issues that must be settled between married spouses or unmarried couples who share children. Our lawyers can assist with:
- Divorce and legal separation – A couple will need to address a wide variety of legal issues related to their finances, their property and their children before they can dissolve their marriage through divorce. In some cases, couples may choose to remain married and get a legal separation, either as a temporary solution while they decide whether to proceed with divorce or as a permanent arrangement that allows them to live separately while enjoying some of the benefits of marriage.
- Property division – During the divorce process, spouses will need to determine how to divide all of their marital assets and debts, including cash, physical belongings, vehicles, real estate property, retirement accounts or pensions, family-owned businesses, and credit card debts or other loans.
- Spousal support – Depending on the amount of income each party earns and the standard of living established during the marriage, one spouse may be awarded spousal support, which is also known as spousal maintenance or was formerly known as alimony.
- Child custody – When married parents get divorced, or when unmarried parents separate, they will need to determine how they will share in making decisions about how their children will be raised, known as the allocation of parental responsibility. They will also need to create a schedule that specifies when children will have parenting time with each parent. A court-ordered parenting plan can help parents work together to raise their children, and it will ensure that children can maintain a close relationship with both parents.
- Child support – All parents have the obligation to financially support their children. When parents get divorced, or when unmarried parents are separated, child support will be determined based on the amount of income that both parents earn. In most cases, the parent who has the majority of the parenting time, commonly known as the custodial parent, will receive child support payments from the other parent.
- Post-divorce modifications – In the years following the finalization of a divorce, the parties or their children may experience changes in their lives that will require the divorce decree or judgment to be modified.
- Prenuptial agreements – If you are a high net worth individual or own real estate, investment accounts, or other significant assets, and you are contemplating getting married, you should consider protecting your assets from property division in the event of a divorce. You have spent considerable time and effort acquiring these assets. Even those who have not amassed significant assets may want to consider a prenuptial agreement. As people tend to enter their first marriage later in life than previous generations did, it is increasingly common for individuals to have established interest in property, investment ventures, and advanced degrees. For these individuals, preserving the status quo is an important consideration. Moreover, one often-overlooked benefit of a prenuptial agreement is to preserve civility and keep costs down in the event of a divorce, because a prenup can decide in advance what would happen in the unfortunate event of a dissolution of marriage.
- Prenuptial/postnuptial agreements – Couples may create and sign this type of agreement after getting married, making decisions about how matters such as property division or spousal maintenance will be handled in the event of divorce.
- Adoption – When parents wish to adopt a child, they must meet a variety of legal requirements. Our attorneys can assist with domestic adoptions, international adoptions, DCFS adoptions and stepparent adoptions.
- Paternity – If a child is born to an unwed mother, the biological father may not automatically be considered the child’s legal parent. By establishing paternity, parents can protect their parental rights, ensure that the child will receive financial support from both parents, and provide the child with benefits such as health insurance.
- Mediation – In some contested divorce cases, a trial may be necessary to resolve the outstanding issues. However, in amicable divorce cases in which spouses are willing to cooperate, they may be able to work together with a mediator to reach a divorce settlement they can both agree on with little fighting. This can save lots of time, energy, and resources for the parties that can be applied to help them in their new life.
Contact A Downers Grove Family Law Attorney
The attorneys of SBK Law Group can provide the legal help you need when addressing the above concerns. We can answer your questions and help you understand your rights when you are faced with legal issues related to your marriage, your children, or other family members. To schedule a consultation with our compassionate, experienced lawyers, contact us today online or at 630-427-4407. We provide legal guidance to clients throughout DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Will County and Cook County.