Even if you are absolutely certain that divorce or dissolution of your civil union is the answer for you and your spouse or partner, and there are no second thoughts by either party, the process of divorce or dissolution is stressful. Important decisions need to be made and issues that need to be resolved at a time that is emotional for both parties.
No matter how long you have been married or have been together, how many assets you have or whether or not you have children, the Law Office of Kristie C. Fingerhut, serving Northern Illinois, including Lake, Cook, DuPage and McHenry counties, can help you navigate through the complex family court system.
Kristie C. Fingerhut, a Libertyville divorce litigation attorney, encourages mediation when possible
The Illinois family court system encourages divorcing parties to resolve the issues between themselves if at all possible. Kristie Fingerhut recognizes the importance of mediation in many cases and received a certificate in family law mediation. She has been on the approved list of Family Law Mediators in Lake County since 2008. Due to her intimate knowledge of how the process works, she can assist you with making the important decisions with limited court intervention. If that turns out not to be possible, she is fully prepared to litigate all necessary issues.
Child Custody and visitation
Parents are encouraged to develop their own parenting plan, including custody decisions and a visitation schedule. If parents cannot agree, the court will determine what it believes is in the best interest of the children. The court will evaluate, among other factors, the current relationship each parent has with the children. There are many factors that influence the court in making custody and visitation orders and the Law Office of Kristie C. Fingerhut will guide you so that you can achieve the best possible outcome.
Both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially including providing them with health insurance. The court will evaluate the complete financial situation of both parents in determining child support. As a general rule, the non-custodial parent can expect to pay a sum to the custodial parent.
Division of assets and debts
Illinois is an equitable distribution state, meaning that assets and debts accumulated during the course of the marriage will be divided in a way the court deems fair. Some property may be separate property. If the parties cannot agree between themselves as to how the assets and debts should be divided, the court will consider the length of the marriage and the financial contributions each made to the accumulation of assets during the course of the marriage. The court will also consider the economic situation of each spouse at the time of the divorce.
Other issues, such as spousal support, modification of any orders and relocation of the custodial spouse, need to be resolved on an individual, case by case basis.