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Divorce

Elmhurst Illinois Divorce Lawyers

While every couple, every family, every marriage and every divorce is unique in some.shtmlects, legally speaking, divorces fall primarily into two categories: marriages with children and marriages without children.

When there are children of a marriage, a necessary phase of the divorce is the determination of child custody (parental responsibility), visitation (parenting time) and support. The next phase of a divorce includes property division and, possibly, spousal support.

When there are no children of a marriage, property division with or without spousal support is the usually the essential element that needs to be decided.

Contact a Lawyer to Learn What You Need to Know About Property, Children and Divorce

If you have been served with a divorce petition from your spouse or if you have reached the conclusion that you should initiate a divorce after attempts to save your marriage have been unsuccessful, we encourage you to contact the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern.

Divorce 101: Human Factors and Financial Factors

Dissolution of a marriage (divorce) is said to be the second most traumatic event that can occur in one’s life. The only type of event that has been found to be more tragic and traumatic than dissolution of a marital bond is the death of a child. Divorce involves potentially the biggest emotional, financial and legal decisions you will ever make.

It is critical that you have the information and tools you need to navigate these treacherous waters successfully. It is also crucial that you pick the right attorney, someone you feel comfortable with who will pursue your best interests.

If you decide to seek our counsel regarding an Illinois divorce, our lawyers will ask you to be prepared to sketch out the following details in an intake questionnaire:

  • Assets
  • Income
  • Expenses
  • Current child custody and care configuration
  • Special considerations, such as unemployment of either spouse or health problems of any child of the marriage

Then we will begin a dialogue with you that is designed to address questions such as the following:

What issues must be resolved in your divorce? How are the children's best interests going to be protected?

  • Issues to be resolved involving the children will include decision-making (custody, religion, medical, education, extracurricular), parenting time (visitation), child support medical expenses, life insurance, and school expense (i.e., college).
  • Property distribution will involve resolution of all real and personal property division, debt allocation, and attorney fees.
  • In some marriages, temporary, rehabilitative or permanent spousal support (maintenance or alimony) will be part of the divorce.

Discuss your particular concerns with an experienced, compassionate and child-centered family law attorney at our firm today. Call or e-mail the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern.