When you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, there will be a number of decisions to make regarding property division and any children you might have. In Illinois, you have the option to do a contested or an uncontested divorce. There are significant differences between the two.
Couples in Illinois on the brink of divorce are typically putting together financial statements in advance of the upcoming property division. Among the items included in these statements may be bank accounts, the house and vehicles. A spouse who owns a business should be aware that the company could also be affected by the separation.
One of the most stressful aspects of any divorce is often property division. At Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, we know that resolving these issues as quickly and fairly as possible is your top priority. There are certain measures that can help to simplify the process, such as having a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
If you are about to undergo a divorce, one of the most pressing issues on your mind may be property division. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means items are divided equitably and not equally. Understanding how your assets will be divided will prepare you for what is to come and how to get your financial affairs in order.
If you have experienced domestic violence, please know that you are not alone. At Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, we have helped countless people through these devastating situations as they try to leave the relationship, secure domestic orders or initiate a divorce.
Social media has been criticized for its ability to seemingly disconnect people from reality while at the same time connecting them with people across the world. In Illinois and across the country, many people use social networks without thinking about the effect it could have on a marital relationship. However, a recent survey suggests that online chatting is not as innocent as it may seem and can actually destroy marriages.
Many Illinois residents rely on their retirement savings to serve as a primary source of income once they stop working. Retirement accounts are generally subject to property division proceedings in divorce, which means that they can be valuated and distributed with other marital assets. Understanding how various types of retirement accounts are identified and divided under the law can go a long way to help ensure that people’s long-term savings are protected after divorce.
Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you and/or your spouse can end your union without proving that any wrongdoing occurred in your marriage. No-fault divorce is the simpler and less acrimonious option in many cases, but it is not always the most appropriate choice. Understanding when and how establishing fault affects divorce proceedings can help you decide if it is the right option in your specific case.
Complementary religious beliefs and commitment to faith bring many people together. And as religious organizations and parishioners alike are becoming more accepting of intermarriage, more people than ever before are marrying outside of their own faith. As a result, religious concerns can play a major role in divorce proceedings. Understanding whether and how religion can factor into child custody arrangements can be helpful to those considering their divorce options.
If allegations of adultery have been made during the course of your marriage and are now a contributing factor in your divorce, it is important to understand if and how such accusations could factor into your divorce case. No matter if you are the spouse being accused of having an affair or suspect that your husband or wife has been unfaithful, you could be personally affected by the impact that adultery may have on your ultimate divorce settlement.