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Divorce & Child Support Divorce, also referred to as “dissolution of marriage”, occurs when a marriage is legally terminated. Illinois law governs all matters concerning divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division. Uncontested Divorce Is it possible that you and your spouse can resolve your divorce amicably? If so, an uncontested divorce may be an option for you. An uncontested divorce is when neither party will be opposing any of the points that need to be addressed in your divorce and is often a cost-effective method that allows two people to end their marriage as efficiently and amicably as possible. Contested Divorce Dealing with any divorce is difficult enough, but when spouses cannot agree with respect to key issues that must be resolved, they can find themselves facing a contested divorce. An adversarial divorce such as this may not only be expensive and time consuming for both parties involved but may also have a lasting emotional impact on the spouses and any children. Child Custody Issues involving child custody can surface in both uncontested and contested divorce cases. If you are attempting to protect your parental rights and secure the best interests of your children without the assistance of a divorce attorney, you may end up with a less than acceptable outcome of your case. Child Support A child’s welfare is the most important aspect of most parents’ lives. When a divorce occurs, their well-being can be greatly affected through economic changes in lifestyle. When confronting the issue of child support, having a skilled child support attorney is crucial to ensuring your children will have the financial support to maintain their quality of life. Property Division – Equitable Distribution of Assets Most couples accumulate many things during their years of marriage. Whether you have been married a short time or a very long time, there will undoubtedly be a good deal common property that belongs to both of you that will need to be divided between the two of you during your divorce. The distribution of your assets, property and debts should be done according to your prenuptial agreement or by the laws of the state of Illinois if no such agreement exists. It is very important to have an experienced attorney in your corner to protect your rights. Visitation Parents have a right to seek visitation with their children if they do not have physical custody. The only exception may be if a court has determined that the parent poses a threat to the child’s safety and wellbeing. Seeking visitation can be a complicated process, particularly if there are other issues that need to be addressed, such as establishing paternity or enforcing/modifying an existing visitation order. Talk to your attorney to review your parenting plan to ensure that your rights to visitation are not taken advantage of.

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