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Divorce is a complex, confusing, and exhausting process. If you are getting a divorce, you know how much there is at stake. You likely not only want to settle the case quickly, but also do not want to leave any money on the table once it is finalized. A divorce lawyer will help you navigate the problems the process may present, and help you secure the fairest settlement possible. Below are a few of the ways in which a family lawyer can help with your divorce case.
Dividing property is complicated in any divorce case. A lawyer can advise on the equitable distribution laws in the state, and what assets of yours are considered marital or separate property. A lawyer will also discover any debt incurred by your spouse, and help you determine whether or not you are liable for it. If you have been married for a long time, a lawyer can also help determine if you are entitled to a portion of your spouse’s social security benefits or other retirement accounts.
Many people have the right to ask for spousal support when they are going through a divorce but they do not even know it. A divorce lawyer will review the circumstances in any specific case and determine whether spousal support is appropriate. A lawyer can also help you calculate how much spousal support to ask for, if it is right for your case.
Child custody and child support are two of the most contentious aspects of many divorce cases. You may not understand your rights, but a lawyer will advise you of them and give you the best chance possible of securing a favorable outcome. A lawyer can also advise on the different types of custody in Illinois, and how parenting time may be divided.
When one parent is awarded the majority of parenting time, the court may order the non-custodial parent to pay child support. Child support always has the potential to raise many issues and a lawyer is a great resource when these disputes arise.
Divorce is always difficult, but there are many ways you may choose to go through the process. A lawyer will advise you of your options and possibly even recommend mediation that can help keep the case out of court and give you back control. If you have not yet filed for divorce, a lawyer will help you with your petition, or advise on how to respond to a petition your spouse files.
If you are getting a divorce, you should never go through the process alone. At the Law Office of Martoccio & Martoccio, our skilled Hinsdale family lawyers can help. We understand the law on divorce and will apply it to your case to give you the best chance possible of success. Call us today at 630-920-8855 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation and to learn more about how we can help.