Palatine Divorce Lawyer
Straightforward Family Law Attorney Serving DuPage County and Throughout the Northwest Suburbs
No one decides to get married with the expectation of eventually divorcing; however, as time goes by, people and situations change, and when they do, divorce sometimes becomes not only possible but necessary. When you find yourself facing the end of your marriage, you need an experienced family law attorney at your side to guide you through the process and to help reduce the stress of a challenging legal proceeding. Divorce is rarely easy, but with the assistance of a qualified lawyer, you can focus on starting over and building a new life.
The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., is a full-service family law firm dedicated to serving the needs of clients in Palatine and throughout the greater Chicagoland area. With a comprehensive knowledge of the law, along with his skills as a client advocate, Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson is prepared to use the appropriate combination of mediation, negotiation and collaborative law to reach an equitable resolution in your divorce without undue delays and unnecessary acrimony.
Divorce Attorney Representing Clients in Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg
Illinois divorce law is guided by the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). The law contains residency requirements for divorce, mandating that at least one of the spouses be a resident of the state for at least 90 days. It also specifies that divorce will only be granted upon the finding that irreconcilable differences have caused the marriage to break down to the point that it cannot be rehabilitated. If the parties are not in agreement regarding the breakdown of the marriage, a separation of six months or longer will be considered by the Court as irrefutable proof of irreconcilable differences.
The IMDMA prevents the Court from issuing a divorce judgment unless appropriate considerations have been made regarding the division of property, spousal maintenance, allocation of parental responsibilities and child support. In certain situations, judgment may be reserved for one or more of these areas but all must be expressly addressed if applicable.
Knowledgeable Legal Counsel for All Matters of Family Law
Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson has been helping clients resolve their family law concerns for more than 12 years. He understands that, in most cases, divorce is more than legally ending a marriage. He is committed to assisting you and your family work through a variety of issues, including:
- Division of marital assets and debts;
- Spousal maintenance (sometimes called alimony);
- Allocation of parental responsibilities, formerly known as child custody considerations;
- Parenting time (formerly called visitation);
- Child support arrangements; and
- Post-decree modifications and enforcement.
Attorney Richardson recognizes the importance of listening closely to your needs and developing a strategy for meeting your specific objectives. He will advocate on your behalf throughout the process, ensuring that your rights are fully protected along the way, both at the negotiating table or in the courtroom when necessary.
Call 847.873.6741 for an Appointment
If you are considering a divorce, contact the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C. The firm offers a free initial consultation, so you can get the answers you need from an attorney committed to serving your best interests. Call 847.873.6741 today to schedule an appointment. Attorney Richardson is proud to serve clients in Palatine, Schaumburg, Rolling Meadows, Barrington, Arlington Heights and all of the surrounding areas.