Practice limited to Divorce and Family Law in Chicago, Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County since 1980.
Divorce (or the dissolution of marriage) is the final termination of a marital union, canceling the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage and dissolving the bonds of matrimony between the parties (unlike annulment which declares the marriage null and void). The legal process for divorce may also involve issues of maintenance (spousal support); child custody (now called the allocation of parental responsibilities); parenting time (once known as visitation); child support; medical expenses and health insurance; distribution of property; and the division of debt.
Family law is an area of the law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including:
- marriage; divorces; legal separations; annulments; and adoptions.
- customary issues arising throughout the marriage.
- domestic violence; child abuse; and child abduction.
- the termination of the relationship and ancillary matters including: property settlements; maintenance; child support; and the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time.
- paternity, including the allocation of parental responsibilities; parenting time; and other parental rights.
- prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements
This list is by no means dispositive of the potential issues that come through the family court system.