Although the divorce rate has dropped significantly since 2005, it is still about twice as high as it was a generation ago. So, many relationships do not endure “till death do us part.” Additionally, post-divorce families sometimes go through more legal, emotional, and financial turmoil than pre-divorce families. In times like these, you need a dedicated Arlington Heights family law attorney.
At Andrea Heckman Law, we are dedicated to families of all shapes, sizes, and colors in Cook County. While every case is different, we approach them in much the same way. Through hard work, zealous representation, and attention to detail, we offer lasting and cost-effective solutions to the complex problems that life often presents.
In the lead-up to their weddings, an increasing number of Cook County couples enter into premarital agreements. Such pacts are more than just “divorce insurance.” They often impress upon couples the serious nature of marriage proceedings and encourage them to think about their future together. Furthermore, these agreements resolve thorny questions before they have a chance to become sources of conflict in a relationship.
Premarital agreements may contain both financial and non-financial matters. Furthermore, they can be modified at any time. While they are not ironclad, they are difficult to undo and rather permanent.
Several years ago, Illinois lawmakers substantially reworked the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Statutes. The Prairie State is now a purely no-fault divorce jurisdiction. Irreconcilable differences are now the only recognized ground for divorce in Illinois. Other parts of the process, such as parenting time provisions, were changed, as well. Many of the old presumptions in the law have given way to new ways of thinking more appropriate for today’s Arlington Heights families.
The bottom line is that divorce, while still costly both financially and emotionally, at least does not make a difficult situation even more difficult.
These financial and emotional concerns do not end when the judge’s gavel falls. In fact, divorce decrees were never meant to be permanent. Instead, they should be legally modified at least once every three or four years. Some common modifications include:
Most of these divorce and post-divorce disputes settle out of court. Mediation reduces costs and gives the litigants more control over the outcome.
Permanent and cost-effective solutions are usually available in even the most intricate family law disputes. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Arlington Heights, contact Andrea Heckman Law. We routinely handle matters in Cook County and nearby jurisdictions.
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.