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Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices
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dupage county divorce lawyerFor divorcing couples interested in resolving their divorce amicably and with minimal involvement of the court, mediation is often a viable method of alternative dispute resolution. Even in a contested divorce, the court will sometimes order the spouses to attempt mediation to resolve some of their agreements. Whether you are preparing for mediation voluntarily or by court order, it is important to know what to expect, including whether it is a good idea to hire an attorney for the process.

Mediators and Attorneys Play Different Roles

In mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a trained mediator who will help you reach an agreement on the various aspects of your divorce resolution, including property division, spousal support, child support, and the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. Many mediators are also licensed attorneys who have a thorough understanding of the laws governing divorce proceedings in Illinois. However, their role in the mediation process is not to provide legal advice or advocate on behalf of either party. Rather, they must remain neutral and impartial, helping the parties identify common ground and make progress toward an agreement on their own terms.

A divorce attorney, on the other hand, is a representative for one of the parties. If you hire an attorney, they represent you alone. Their role is to advocate for you and your interests throughout the divorce process, whether in amicable negotiations or contested litigation. Your attorney can also provide you with qualified legal advice and help you fulfill all legal requirements to finalize your divorce. Importantly, an attorney cannot represent both spouses even in an uncontested divorce, as this would create a conflict of interest.

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Illinois child support lawyersSince 2017, Illinois has used a calculation for determining basic child support obligations that factors in both parents’ incomes, as well as certain other criteria including parenting time and the number of children in question. This calculation often leads to a fair outcome that considers both parents’ responsibility to provide for their children, as well as their financial ability to do so. However, every family is different, and there are cases in which the calculation is not fully adequate to meet a family’s needs. In these cases, an Illinois court can deviate from the calculation to issue an appropriate order.

Reasons for Child Support Order Adjustments

A variety of circumstances may lead the court to make an adjustment to the basic child support calculation or use a different method for determining a parent’s child support obligation. Some possible factors that may be considered include:

  • The parents’ financial resources - The court may choose to make an adjustment when a parent has extremely limited financial resources that would make paying the basic amount difficult, or when a parent has ample resources that would allow them to contribute a greater amount to support the child.
  • The child’s accustomed standard of living - The court will often seek to issue an order that allows the child to maintain the standard of living they are used to, or the standard of living they would likely have in a two-parent household.
  • The child’s medical and healthcare needs - Extraordinary expenses for ongoing or emergency medical care may require greater financial contributions from each parent to meet the child’s needs.
  • The child’s special needs - A child with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities may require additional support from their parents to account for the regular costs of their care.
  • The child’s educational and extracurricular expenses - The court may increase child support obligations to provide for a minor child’s tuition, tutoring, or out-of-school activities, and in some cases, parents may also be ordered to contribute to their child’s college expenses after the child has reached the age of 18.
  • The parents’ child care expenses - The cost of child care that allows a parent to work or pursue an education can also be factored into child support obligations.

Contact a DuPage County Child Support Lawyer

At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we understand the importance of ensuring that your children have the financial support they need, and we will help you ensure that all relevant factors are considered when determining child support obligations for you and the other parent. For a free initial consultation with a Bloomingdale family law attorney, contact us at 630-528-2050 today.

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DuPage County Child Support Lawyers

Child support payments are a significant financial burden for some parents and an important source of funds for others. Whether you are a payor or a recipient, you should know when child support payments can and will stop. 

Child Support Ends When the Court Order Says It Ends 

Your child support order should specify the end point for paying child support. In most cases, child support will end when a child turns 18, the age of majority. However, if the child is still attending high school when they turn 18, child support must generally continue until the child graduates from high school or turns 19, whichever comes first. 

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Lombard child support lawyer parent incomeIllinois child support payments are determined by the “income shares” method, meaning that each parent pays a portion of the child’s expenses based on their share of the parents’ combined net income.

When both spouses have stable annual salaries, this calculation is straightforward. But what if your or your spouse’s income fluctuates significantly from month to month or year to year? 

Income fluctuations may be due to:

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IL divorce lawyerIf you are currently married but are not happy and wish to end the relationship, there are a few different options. Two of the most common options are legal separation and divorce. Divorce is well-known and very common, ending in the dissolution of the marriage. It also allows a couple to separate and divide up property and assets. Child custody and maintenance may also be worked out in a divorce.

Legal separation is not as well-known. If a couple legally separates, they do not dissolve the marriage, but instead will have a separation agreement. Many of the same issues are addressed, such as child visitation, custody, alimony, or maintenance. However, it does not divide up properties and assets unless both people agree to it ahead of time. Neither spouse is allowed to remarry because the marriage has never been formally dissolved. There are differences in how finances are handled in each option so it is important to evaluate all your options before making a firm decision.

What Is Better About Legal Separation?

Not all marriages will benefit more from legal separation. However, if you wish to take advantage of any of the benefits below, it may be beneficial to legally separate instead of divorce:

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