Divorce Lawyers for Stay at Home Parents in St. Charles, IL
DuPage County Dissolution Attorneys
When a marriage is dissolved, there is a lot of anxiety and uncertainty about the future. Divorcing spouses have questions about where they will live, who will have custody of the children, and how they will support themselves. When there is a divorce with a stay at home parent, finances become an even greater concern. If you are in this situation, it is important to be represented by an experienced family law attorney so your rights are fully protected.
For over 40 years, Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices has represented clients going through divorce in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois. Our attorneys have extensive experience with even the most complex divorces involving highly challenging issues such as arranged marriages, bankruptcy in divorce, special needs children, and stay at home parents. We have an in-depth understanding of the common issues involved with these dynamics, and we put our experience to work to give our clients the skilled representation they deserve.
We are highly acclaimed not only for our skill and experience, but also for our unwavering commitment to our clients and down to earth approach. Our lawyers are honest, compassionate, responsive, and approachable. We understand that divorce is a difficult time for our clients, and we work hard to make the legal process as smooth and stress-free as possible. We provide free initial consultations, extended evening and weekend hours, 5 convenient locations, and regular updates on your case so you are always kept in the loop.
Property and Asset Division in Divorces with Stay at Home Parents
During a divorce, there is a common belief that the primary earner should receive most of the marital property. This is not necessarily true. Illinois courts recognize the valuable non-financial contributions made to a family by a homemaker, including managing the household, taking care of the children, and foregoing their own career aspirations. Thus, property acquired during the marriage (with a few exceptions) is subject to fair and equitable distribution under Illinois law, regardless of the employment status of the spouses.
Child and Spousal Support for Stay at Home Parents
If the stay at home parent has the majority of the parenting time, they will typically be eligible to receive child support payments from the other parent. These payments are meant to provide for children's daily needs, and the amount of child support payments is based on the income earned by both parents. In many cases, a stay at home parent will also be awarded spousal maintenance (alimony). These payments are meant to ensure that a person will be able to maintain the standard of living they were accustomed to while married. If a judge finds that maintenance is appropriate, the amount of the award is determined based on the net income of both spouses, and the duration of maintenance payments is based on the length of the marriage, in accordance with Illinois statutory guidelines.
Divorcing spouses who are stay at home parents have the same right to marital property as the spouse who is working. Most often, they also have the right to spousal maintenance and child support. Whether you are the working spouse or a stay at home parent facing divorce, the attorneys at Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices are strong advocates for your interests. Contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation.