Marriage is the foundation of most Illinois families. So, when the marriage breaks up, there are far-ranging consequences. These include both emotional ones, such as the impact on the parent-child relationship, and financial ones, such as the identification and division of marital property and debts. To make the transition from “ours” to “yours” and “mine” as smooth as possible, Illinois lawmakers recently streamlined the divorce process.
Despite these changes, marriage dissolution is still complex and cumbersome. At the Andrea Heckman Law, we add some stability to an unstable situation. After listening to you and your needs and goals, we clearly lay out your legal options. Then, working together, we proceed on a course that fully protects your legal and financial rights as we move towards a successful resolution of the case. At the same time, we remain mindful of your family’s long-term familial and financial stability.
As mentioned, a divorce addresses both financial and emotional issues. Sometimes, there is an overlap. For example, houses and retirement accounts are more than numbers on spreadsheets. These assets also have an emotional value which may eclipse the financial value.
While every case is different, the types of issues are relatively uniform. These questions usually fall into the following categories:
Timing can be a significant factor in filing a divorce. Who files first may determine who stays in the marital home with the children during the life of the case. If the parties are living apart, the court will address the issues of parenting time – “visitation” and the allocation of decision-making responsibilities – “custody” – on an expedited basis. But the issues must be raised with the court. Our firm knows how and when to raise them.
Civil cases, including divorces, always involve discovery. During this stage, parties exchange information about their claims and defenses. Sometimes discovery is quick and agreeable. Other times, it is prolonged and contentious. Often it is necessary for a party’s financial rights to be protected.
Many Arlington Heights divorces settle in mediation. This agreed resolution expedites the process, saves money, encourages civility, and gives the parties more control over the outcome.
If your marriage is ending, support is available to resolve lingering legal, emotional, and financial issues. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Arlington Heights, contact the Andrea Heckman Law Convenient payment plans are available.
I could not ask for a better attorney to represent me during my case which is Andrea Heckman. Anytime I had any questions, I got a response in a timely manner. Andrea walked me through a very difficult time which was a divorce/child custody case. Andrea is very knowledgeable and motivating. The staff has been nothing but welcoming and professional. If I have to go to court for anything, I will definitely be giving this firm a call again.
Please contact our law office in Rolling Meadows for legal assistance with divorce, child custody, or visitation issues. We serve clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who need the help of an experienced and dedicated family law attorney.