Trusted Waukegan Divorce Attorney Ready To Assist You
When two people no longer share common goals and can no longer live a peaceful and happy life, divorce may be inevitable. Going through a divorce is not easy, but it can be made easier. At the Jordan Law Firm, Waukegan divorce lawyer Anisa Jordan takes a practical approach to every divorce case she handles. She understands that the prospect of ending a marriage is overwhelming and works closely with her clients to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
The Jordan Law Firm offers a full complement of divorce and family law services, skillfully handling matters including legal separation, child custody, child support and visitation, spousal support, divorce modifications, adoptions, prenuptial agreements, and more.
Distribution of Assets
Every family is unique, and no two divorces are the same. However, almost all divorces require the parties to divide up their assets. In Illinois, courts use the equitable distribution approach to distributing a couple’s assets. Under this method, the court will not divide assets down the middle but will consider several factors in deciding which spouse gets what.
The following are among the factors the court considers in an equitable distribution analysis:
- The length of the marriage;
- The contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including those of a stay-at-home parent or homemaker;
- The education and earning power of the spouses;
- Each spouse’s age and health;
- Whether either spouse has existing child support or spousal maintenance obligations;
- Whether either party engaged in fraud of the waste of marital assets; and
- The possible tax implications of property division.
Of course, if the couple created a prenuptial agreement, the court will honor that agreement in most cases, provided it is fair.
Parental Responsibilities During Divorce
Not every divorce involves children. However, if you and your spouse have one or more children together, this is probably your biggest concern. Illinois stopped using the term “child custody” years ago. Instead, courts break parental responsibilities into four categories:
- Extracurricular activities
When it comes to determining what each parent’s responsibilities are, the parents’ wishes only matter up to a point because courts are bound to do what is in the best interest of the child. Courts will consider a broad range of factors when assessing what is in a child’s best interests, including:
- The child’s expressed wishes;
- The child’s needs;
- The child’s level of adjustment to their current living situation;
- Whether a child’s parents can effectively co-parent;
- Each parent’s level of participation in the child’s life;
- Each parent’s daily schedule; and
- Whether a parent is likely to foster a positive relationship with the other parent.
The court’s default position will be to allow each parent to have quality time with their children. However, if one spouse suffers from addiction or poses a risk to a child’s safety, the court can significantly limit that spouse’s parental responsibilities.
Mediation: A Low-Conflict Approach to Divorce
In any divorce, there are many issues that must be resolved. The more of these issues you and your spouse can agree on, the easier the process will be. Thus, when a couple can agree to work together but can no longer live together, many Waukegan divorce legal team recommend starting with mediation.
Mediation is a process in which both spouses sit down with their lawyers and a neutral third party, called a mediator. The mediator listens to each side’s concerns and works with the couple to develop mutually acceptable resolution. Mediation is non-binding, meaning that if you cannot come up with an agreement or do not like the mediator’s proposal, you don’t have to accept it. However, often, several of the most important issues that must be addressed in a divorce can be worked out through mediation.
Are You Considering Divorce?
If divorce is an option, you’re likely at your wit’s end. At The Jordan Law Firm, Waukegan divorce attorney Anisa Jordan provides clients from all walks of life with compassionate representation to help them obtain what is important to them. Attorney Jordan takes the time to listen to your needs and helps you along the way. She is a skilled mediator who can effectively work through even the most difficult issues with patience and grace. However, as an experienced litigator, Attorney Jordan is also well-equipped to litigate a divorce case when negotiations are no longer productive. To learn more about the services The Jordan Law Firm provides, call 224-340-6522 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also connect with our lawyer Anisa Jordan through the firm’s online contact form.