Divorce is never easy, no matter how amicable the separation. Even if you are one of the friendliest divorcing couples, you may find themselves embattled in an ugly fight over your children, your money, your debts, and/or your assets.
When emotions are running high, and a divorce is imminent, a Mokena lawyer can help you protect your rights. With the help of the dedicated divorce lawyers at Reidy Law Office LLC, you can work towards an agreement that reflects your unique circumstances.
Your divorce lawyer can work with the opposing party and their divorce attorney to create temporary and permanent agreements. Some of these agreements may uphold the status quo as the divorce progresses. For instance, your divorce lawyer may file a motion with the court to ask that a spouse who was the primary income earner continue paying the bills while the other spouse finds new employment. Similarly, your divorce lawyer may ask the court to order that the couple’s children remain in the marital home with one parent until the other can find a new place to live. These types of short-term arrangements can help families maintain constant care for your children until the divorce is final.
During the divorce, the divorce attorney will likely submit a Financial Affidavit to the court documenting your income, expenses, assets, and liabilities. Using these numbers and state-determined formulas, your divorce lawyer can provide a good understanding of who will be responsible for certain payments and who will receive certain assets.
Finally, in addition to filing motions and litigating issues in court, your divorce lawyer provides valuable guidance and options throughout your case. Your lawyer can help to prepare you for mediation, can engage in negotiations with the opposing party to address issues such as child support, child custody, and the distribution of assets and debts. Mediation allows both sides to work out a deal on neutral ground with a third party facilitating the discussion and is significantly cheaper than resolving these issues in court.
One of the major fears that you may have in considering divorce is how you will cope with the loss of your spouse’s income. Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or support, helps a financially dependent spouse become independent after a divorce. In general, the higher-earning spouse in a marriage may be required to pay maintenance if the parties’ combined income is less than half a million dollars per year and if the paying spouse is not required to pay alimony or child support from another relationship. If your spouse significantly out earns you financially, you may be entitled to support. On the hand, if you earn more than your spouse, you may be responsible to pay support.
The amount and duration of maintenance payments depends on the length of the marriage and the income of both parties. If a judge finds that alimony is appropriate in a case, then they may award financial support according to the state’s guidelines.
The right Mokena attorney can help you create a divorce plan that moves you and your family forward. If you are thinking of filing for divorce, you should schedule a consultation with Reidy Law Office LLC as soon as possible. The earlier you seek legal representation, the better position you will be in to protect your rights. Call today.