Family Law

Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois

Property and Asset Division in a Lake County, IL Divorce

In a marriage, you acquire property and other assets (real estate, money, investments) as a couple. You may also have assets from before your marriage. When a marriage is dissolved, these things must be divided up. Generally, anything acquired during the marriage is considered "marital property," while pre-marriage items are not considered marital property.

The 5 Typical Phases of Illinois Divorce Proceedings

1. Petition

One party to the marriage begins the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The person filing the case is referred to as the "Petitioner." The other spouse is referred to as the "Respondent."

Once the petition is filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of the appropriate County, the Petition and a Summons will be served upon the respondent by a sheriff or a private process server.

2. The Response

Who gets the pets in a divorce?

Among the many issues one must deal with in getting divorced, one of the most emotional issues is often which spouse will get the family cat or dog.  The simple answer is that the law treats pets as personal property and not as humans.  If the pet was acquired before the marriage, the spouse who acquired it will be awarded the animal in the divorce.

Grandparent visitation easier to obtain under new Illinois law

Illinois legislation scheduled to take effect January 1, 2019 will make it easier for grandparents to obtain court ordered visitation of grandchildren of unmarried parents who do not reside together.  In the past, a grandparent needed to first establish parentage of the child before seeking visitation.  Under the new law, a grandparent need only establish that the parent to whom they are related is a parent of the child sought to be visited.

Save time, money and stress by using our law firm to mediate a resolution of your divorce case

Mediation is a way for you and your ex-spouse to work out the terms of the divorce with minimal or no decisions made by a judge. It puts the decision-making and terms in the hands of you and your former partner. Many issues can be resolved through mediation, including:

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Family Law