Representing You During A Divorce (Contested & Uncontested)
A divorce, otherwise known as a dissolution of marriage, is the legal termination of marriage.
The divorce process begins when one spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Within the petition, the filing spouse must establish grounds for the divorce. In Illinois, the only recognized grounds for divorce is irreconcilable differences, which is known as the “irretrievable breakdown” of a marriage. The filing spouse is required to prove to the court that there has been a breakdown in the marriage, that all efforts at reconciliation have failed, and that all future attempts at reconciliation would not be “in the best interests of the family.” If the parties in a divorce proceeding have come to an agreement, the agreement will be memorialized into a marital settlement agreement which is incorporated in a judgment for dissolution of marriage. If the parties have minor children (under the age of 18), there will be an additional document known as an allocation judgment, which delineates the parental responsibilities for the children including, but not limited to, decision-making authority and a parenting time schedule.
The Attorneys at The Law Offices of Christopher D. Edmonds, Ltd., are well-versed and very experienced in the details of equitable property division, serving clients in Cook, DuPage, Will and Kane counties. They dedicate their practice to protecting your rights while advocating for an equitable division of the marital estate such as:
- Property, including real estate, personal possessions, furniture and vehicles
- Retirement accounts and pensions
- Bank accounts
Child Support and Custody
Whenever possible, Attorneys Christopher D. Edmonds and Kristin Flanagan prepare allocation judgments, or parental agreements in child custody matters, now known in Illinois as parental responsibilities and parenting time. However, when discord is too much for parents to come to an agreement, our Attorneys are ready to zealously litigate in court for your best interests. Children need proper support, love and care during the formative years of their life, and our firm stands strong on ensuring sufficient financial and emotional support for any child involved in a family law matter.
If you supported your spouse during his/her college, graduate or doctorate education and allowed his/her career to flourish, and your efforts helped attain that degree, profession or salary, then you deserve to be recognized and compensated. We will pursue proper and timely spousal maintenance that will help maintain the standard of living provided for during the marriage while building a life of your own.