Contested Divorce Lawyer in Palatine, IL
Experienced Divorce Attorney in Barrington, Rolling Meadows and Throughout the Chicago Suburbs
With the American divorce rate near 50 percent, there is a good chance that you or someone you know will need an experienced Illinois family lawyer. Divorcing your spouse can leave you stressed, upset and frustrated. Many divorces are contentious and can become bitter legal battles. Sorting through the multitude of legal paperwork, financial documents and other aspects of your ending marriage is difficult, particularly in a contested divorce.
However, you do not have to go through the process alone. The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., serves clients in Palatine, Schaumburg, Inverness, Chicago, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Streamwood, Libertyville, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling and others throughout Cook County, DuPage County, McHenry County and Kane County. If you are considering divorce, or currently going through a divorce, contact Nicholas W. Richardson today for legal help.
What Is a Contested Divorce in Illinois?
A contested divorce is marriage dissolution in which issues are contentious between the spouses. Whenever a couple cannot agree on how to divide financial assets, share responsibilities for the children, divide marital property or a variety of other topics, the couple requires the Court to decide for them. Divorcing spouses must always go to Court and ask a Judge to grant them a divorce, legally ending their marriage. In a contested divorce, since the spouses cannot or will not agree on how to divide their assets, parental responsibilities and/or debt, the Court assumes this responsibility and acts according to Illinois’ laws
One of the more common disputes that leads to a contested divorce, as opposed to a relatively simpler uncontested divorce, is the issue of spousal support. Sometimes called alimony, and referred to in Illinois law as spousal maintenance, spousal support is a payment from one divorcing spouse to the other, either in a single lump sum or installments over a period of time. The parties can mutually agree to a certain amount of spousal maintenance, or the Court can enter an order requiring it. The length and amount of these payments differ according to the specific circumstances of the marriage. Several factors must be considered when making a determination whether to award spousal maintenance, including:
- Length of the marriage;
- Financial needs and resources of each spouse;
- Occupation, training and earning capacity of each spouse;
- Lifestyle and standard of living created in the marriage;
- Relative health of each spouse; and
- Ability of the spouse seeking maintenance to become self-sufficient.
When left to the Court to decide, the Court must include in its determination the full reasoning for awarding or not awarding support. If maintenance is awarded, the Court must use calculation guidelines provided in the law to establish the amount and length of the award, or include specific findings as to why the provided guidelines are not appropriate.
Contact an Experienced Illinois Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is never an easy situation, but the challenges associated with a contested divorce are especially difficult. Working with the right attorney for your Illinois divorce is essential. Contact Attorney Nicholas W. Richardson for straightforward, honest legal advice in all of your family law matters including contested divorce. Call 847.873.6741 today for a free initial consultation at the Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C. Attorney Richardson proudly serves clients in DuPage County, Cook County and throughout the Northwestern Suburbs.