Hoffman Estates is one of the most diverse Chicago suburbs. People from many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds make their home here. That diversity makes Hoffman Estates an exciting place to live. That diversity also presents challenges, especially in family law. All these families have unique legal needs, and Illinois law recently changed dramatically, so many people are confused about their rights.
At Andrea Heckman Law, we work to find lasting and cost-effective solutions for these families. Because we offer a full range of services, we focus not just on individual cases. We build attorney-client relationships that last. So, whatever legal needs your family has, and whatever configuration it is in, we are here to help.
Until very recently, only super-rich couples with extensive non-marital assets bothered with premarital agreements. But the legal landscape is much different now. So, if you have been married before, you should probably consider making a premarital agreement. Today’s prenuptial agreements are much more than divorce insurance. In many respects, they make your marriage stronger.
For example, money is one of the leading causes of marital strife. The problem could be too much money, or too little money. Either way, a prenuptial agreement takes money out of the picture, so it never has a chance to poison your relationship.
Additionally, many couples quarrel over inheritance and succession matters, especially if a family business is involved. Once again, premarital agreements resolve these issues before the couple exchanges vows. So, the marriage begins on a more solid foundation.
To make their wishes clear, many couples have a Hoffman Estates family law attorney draw up executory documents, such as wills and trusts, along with their premarital agreements.
The Prairie State is now a pure no-fault jurisdiction. Irreconcilable differences are the only divorce ground. So, the focus is on the property division and on the children, and that is where these matters should focus.
Illinois law requires an equitable property division. That is not necessarily the same thing as an equal division. Some factors include:
In terms of property division, that last bullet may be the most important one. Most Cook County judges approve agreed settlements, if they are not glaringly one-sided and each spouse had an independent Hoffman Estates family law attorney.
Somewhat similarly, all child custody and visitation decisions must be in the best interests of the children. Since this phrase is rather vague, Illinois law provides some factors here as well. They include:
Once again, that last bullet may be the most important one. Many judges are willing to leave well enough alone. So, if the current setup is working, even if it is flawed, most judges would rather not change it.
Divorce decrees are not set in stone for a reason. Financial and other circumstances change over time. When that change occurs, either party may ask the judge to modify child custody, spousal support, child support, or other orders.
At Andrea Heckman Law, we also handle other ancillary services, such as step-parent adoptions. This streamlined adoption procedure helps many blended families feel closer to one another. Legal name changes often accomplish the same goal, and these changes are even easier to make.
Families of all shapes and sizes have different legal needs. For a free consultation with an experienced family law attorney in Hoffman Estates, contact 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.