In the 1970s, Hoffman Estates transformed from a sleepy little village into one of the most important Chicago suburbs. Today, it is the home of several large corporations and professional sports teams. The 1970s were also a transformative time for American divorce law. The first no-fault divorce law, and the first joint custody law, both appeared at this time.
Today, the Hoffman Estates divorce lawyers at the Andrea Heckman Law are well-positioned to deal with all the emotional, legal, and financial issues that a marriage dissolution often entails. We still believe that hard work usually produces good results, and that is how we approach each case. Working with you, we craft long-term solutions that are cost-effective and uphold your legal and financial rights.
Under Illinois law, the marital estate, which includes both assets and debts, must be divided equitably. In Kane County, “equitable” is not necessarily the same thing as equal. So, property division disputes can be complex.
Prenuptial agreements help avoid some of this complexity. These agreements make certain designations in advance, such as property classification. As a bonus, since these agreements address key financial matters, they often make marriages stronger. Money is one of the leading sources of marital discord.
Most judges uphold premarital agreements as long as they are not blatantly one-sided, and each spouse had an independent Hoffman Estates divorce lawyer upon signing. However, no agreement is unbreakable, so it is possible to overturn unfair provisions in some cases.
With or without a prenuptial agreement, the basic financial issues in a Chicago divorce are:
Child support does not always terminate when the child turns 18. In some situations, a judge may order a non-residential parent to pay a share of college costs.
Child custody orders must be in the best interests of the children. In many cases, the traditional every-other-weekend and every-other-holiday division works rather well. But in other cases, Hoffman Estates divorce lawyers often propose other solutions, such as:
Typically, the traditional arrangement results in about a 70/30 parenting time division. These nontraditional arrangements, including the extended weekend, are much closer to 50/50.
Almost all divorces involve complex legal and financial issues. For a free consultation with an experienced Hoffman Estates divorce lawyer, contact the 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.
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