Illinois Family Law

Illinois Family Law

Illinois Family Law

Smiling MorningFamily law can be one of the most uncomfortable areas of law when you are the one working through a legal case. Unlike other legal processes, such as incorporating a business or fighting a traffic ticket, processes like a divorce or a parenting plan modification affect your relationships with your family members.

Our team works to make these emotionally difficult legal processes as pain-free as possible for our clients. We have years of experience working with women and mothers through every type of family law case, drawing upon our understanding of how women’s needs in these cases tend to differ from men’s needs. Below are the types of case we handle and the services we offer to our clients.


A divorce is the legal end of a marriage. In any Illinois divorce, the couple’s marital property is divided according to the doctrine of equitable distribution. To determine a fair distribution plan, the court considers a variety of factors that includes:

  • The length of the couple’s marriage;
  • Each partner’s income;
  • Each partner’s age and health; and
  • Each partner’s financial and non economic contributions to the household.

If one partner chose to work part time or leave the workforce entirely to devote his or her effort to the couple’s household and children, that partner may seek spousal maintenance as part of the divorce settlement.

Child-related Legal Orders

When a couple has one or more minor children, a parenting plan and a child support order are part of their divorce settlement.

Child support is the money one parent pays to the other to help cover the costs of raising their children, such as grocery and school supply expenses. How much child support a parent is required to pay depends on the number of children on the order, each parent’s annual income, and the amount of time the children spend with each parent according to their parenting plan.

A parenting plan has two parts: parenting time, the time the children spend in each parent’s household, and parental responsibilities, the legal responsibilities each parent has to the children. This latter category includes where the children attend school and how their medical needs are handled.

Prenuptial Agreements and Pre-divorce Planning

Our firm works with engaged couples to create fair, legally enforceable prenuptial agreements. A prenuptial agreement is a document that outlines how a couple’s assets and debts are to be divided in the event of their divorce or one partner’s death.

We also provide a unique service known as pre-divorce planning. Through this service, we help individuals prepare for the divorce process by helping them identify their divorce goals, insulate their assets and ultimately, understand the divorce process and develop realistic expectations for their own cases.

Work with an Experienced Illinois Family Lawyer

If you are working through a family law issue, contact our team of experienced family lawyers at Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group today to set up your initial legal consultation with us. We are here to be your advocate, which means we will provide useful legal counsel and effective representation for you through each step of the legal process.

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