Divorce Attorney in Batavia, Illinois

Divorce Lawyers Serving Batavia, Kane County, and Surrounding Areas

If you are considering filing for a divorce in Illinois, there are many potential issues for you to consider. For example, you and your spouse will need to figure out how you will divide the property that the two of you accumulated during your marriage. If you are a parent, you must also decide how you will share the responsibilities regarding your children. In addition to the legal questions related to your divorce, you might also need to think about finding a new place to live or getting a new job.

With so much to take into account, it is understandable that you might be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about where to begin. The good news is that you do not have to navigate your divorce alone. The experienced divorce attorneys at Goostree Law Group are prepared to help you address all of the necessary concerns involved with your divorce while ensuring that your rights and best interests are fully protected along the way.

Financial Questions in an Illinois Divorce

Many experts believe that disagreements over money are among the leading causes for divorce in the United States, including here in Kane County. Unfortunately, once divorce proceedings begin, financial issues can often become even more contentious.

According to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5), a divorcing couple's marital property is to be divided in a manner that is equitable and fair—not necessarily equal. This means that if the spouses cannot reach an agreement on how to divide the marital estate, the court will step in and determine an equitable split based on a variety of factors, including each spouse's contributions to the marital estate, each party's financial resources and future earning potential, child living arrangements, and each party's needs.

At Goostree Law Group, we also help spouses in divorce cases where maintenance has been requested. Spousal maintenance, also called spousal support or alimony, is intended to help a financially-disadvantaged spouse in the period after the divorce. In Illinois, maintenance is only awarded when the requesting party can demonstrate a need for such support. Our lawyers assist both those who need maintenance and those from whom support is being requested.

Child-Related Matters in Batavia

The skilled attorneys at our firm have more than 50 years of combined family law experience, and we have helped many couples develop customized parenting plans to be used following their divorce. According to Illinois law, when parents get divorced, they are expected to participate in the process of creating a parenting plan that addresses each parent's responsibilities related to the child—formerly known as child custody—as well as the time that each parent will spend with the child—formerly known as visitation. If the parents cannot reach an agreement, the court will issue orders that are determined to be in the child's best interests.

A divorce between parents almost always results in the court issuing an order for child support, as well. Illinois law provides a series of guidelines for calculating child support payments, but depending on the circumstances, exceptions may apply. The lawyers at Goostree Law Group are equipped to help you understand your obligations regarding child support so that you can remain compliant with the court's orders.

Contact Our Batavia Divorce Lawyers

For more information about the Illinois divorce process, contact our office. Call 630-584-4800 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced divorce attorney today. Goostree Law Group serves clients in Batavia, Kane County, and the surrounding areas.

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