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Divorce proceedings in Illinois typically follow this pattern:
1. Petition Filed
One party to the marriage may begin the legal process for the dissolution of marriage by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The Petition and a Summons will be served upon the other spouse.
2. A Response is Filed
Once served with a summons, you have 30 days to file an appearance and written response. If you don’t, the court can hold you in default and grant your spouse relief without your participation in the proceedings.
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The state of Illinois does not have a set formula for calculating alimony, also known as spousal support. Because of the nuances of the law, you should hire an attorney to assist you with determining a fair maintenance payment. You should not try to work it out on your own.
Legal matters involve sensitive and sometimes uncomfortable issues. You have to know that you can trust your attorney and that the information you provide will not be disclosed to the wrong people and will not be used to your detriment. How can you find out if you can trust the lawyer that you are considering hiring?
The answer, quite simply, is very little. Illinois no longer requires that you prove grounds for a divorce and is essentially a no fault state. You no longer need to show adultery, substance abuse or abandonment to be granted a divorce. Instead, the person filing for divorce must show only the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.
Mediators are neutral third parties. The sessions are confidential and the mediator cannot talk to the judge or anyone else about what happened during those sessions.
June M. Peterson-Gleason is an experienced mediator from the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates. Mediation has the following benefits:
There are many components to supporting a child of parents who are divorced or were never married: emotional, custodial and financial. In Illinois, the legislature has set forth a minimum statutory guideline for financial support based upon the number of children a couple is supporting.
The child support guidelines are as follows:
It goes without saying that the end of a marriage is an emotionally charged period of your life. In addition to any emotional pain you may be experiencing, divorce also has implications for your future and your children's future, financially and otherwise. Before divorce is granted, the following must be settled:
- Division of property
- Division of debt
- Alimony payments, if applicable
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
As experienced divorce attorneys, we will:
Paternity disputes tend to fall into one of two general categories. In the first, the father is trying to establish paternity so that he might be granted certain child custody rights. These rights can vary from a full shared custody agreement with the mother to simple visitation rights with the child.
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.