Family Law in Illinois
Family law encompasses many different legal processes, including divorce, parental rights, spousal support, and more. No matter your family law issue, it is my priority that we collaborate to work toward the results you need.
Divorce, or dissolution of marriage, in the state of Illinois can take two forms: fault-based and no-fault.
- Fault-based divorce requires that you prove that your spouse engaged in misconduct that ultimately led to the divorce.
The grounds for a fault-based divorce include adultery, abandonment, physical or mental cruelty, and more.
- No-fault divorce allows you to claim that the marriage is “irretrievably broken” without requiring you to prove that your spouse caused the marriage to end.
Once you have decided which type of divorce you would like to file, the process of completing paperwork, filing that paperwork, and serving your spouse begins. While facing a divorce, the last thing you need is to be bogged down by filling out forms and following the complex procedures of filing. Let an attorney take the reins so you can focus on yourself and your family.
An uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse agree on all of the key terms in the divorce, including property division, child custody, child support, and more. As your attorney in an uncontested divorce, I’ll take care of the what, when, where, and how of filing the paperwork necessary to complete the dissolution of your marriage.
Parental rights are the rights that you have as a parent to make important decisions or take actions on behalf of your child. A major issue that you may face when examining your parental rights is child custody.
In the state of Illinois, both legal custody and physical custody are recognized by the courts. Legal custody is the right of a parent to make significant decisions for the child, like those involving schooling or religious upbringing. Physical custody determines which parent the child lives with.
In order to settle on a custody arrangement that works for all parties, a judge will determine what arrangement is in the best interest of your child. To determine this, a wide range of factors will be considered, including:
- The child’s wishes
- Parental fitness
- The child’s relationship with each parent, siblings, and anyone else who is significantly involved in the child’s life
These are just a few of the considerations that will be examined by a judge when deciding on the custody arrangement that will suit your family. As your attorney, I can advocate for your preferences and fight for the arrangement that will satisfy you and your child.
Spousal Support for College Expenses
In the state of Illinois, a parent is allowed to petition the noncustodial parent for contributions to college expenses for their non-minor child. These expenses may include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and more. Child support is paid while the child is a minor, but once they reach the age of 18, this support may be continued as college expenses.
If you need to establish support for college expenses in your divorce decree or petition the court to obtain an order for future expenses in the event that your divorce did not specify this, reach out to me today. I can help you seek the support you need to ensure that your child is prepared for their future.
Why You Should Seek the Help of a Family Law Attorney
Legal matters involving your family are not ones that should be taken lightly. By working with an experienced and compassionate attorney, you can make sure that you are making the decisions that are right for you and your loved ones and set yourself up for a strong future.
Contact Attorney Mike Fritz today if you need a family law attorney who will stand by your side from start to finish. I am proud to serve clients in East Peoria, as well as Morton, Washington, and Dunlap, Illinois.