Divorce is challenging and complicated. It can bring up many emotions, which is entirely understandable. It doesn’t matter if the decision was made months or years ago or something that is new, it’s hard to mange the feelings that come up with such a huge life change. It doesn’t help that there are dozens of legal and financial issues to deal with.
Your Arlington Heights divorce lawyers need to have a full understanding of your situation to do their best job for you. That can mean discussing topics that you may want only to forget. However, knowing what to expect can help. We’ll look at the things that are most important to discuss with your attorney.
When we say property, we don’t just mean the marital home. It also includes cars, furniture, clothing, and jewelry that was purchased during the marriage. Illinois is a common law start, which means that if you or your spouse purchased property, you retain ownership of it. If you both purchased it, you’ll each be entitled to half. However, it’s not always this black and white, which is why your Arlington Heights divorce lawyers need to understand the specifics.
- Child Support & Custody
If you have children, one of the most important things to talk about are the kids. Parents have a legal responsibility to support their kids financially until they emancipate. How much each parent is responsible for is outlined by court order or between the spouses with a written agreement. On top of that, you will need to determine what sort of custody you are looking for so your lawyer can better advocate for you.
- Spousal Support
Alimony is something that is in a constant state of change, making it important to discuss with your lawyer. Depending on the length of the marriage, this support might be very short-term, or it may go on for the entirety of your life. Speak with your attorney about your career goals, financial needs, so it can be determined how much support you might need and when.
You’ll also want to bring your lawyer any documents you have that can show proof of the above things. This might mean bank statements, deeds, titles, loan documents, tax returns, and more. If you aren’t sure if it’s important, bring it anyway. It’s better to have it and not need it than not to have it when it’s important.
- Arlington Height Attorneys
At the Law Office of Fedor Kozlov, P.C., we have experience in a large range of divorce cases. If you’d like to learn more your options and rights, you can get a free consultation by calling the office at 847-380-5193.