As an Illinois parent, chances are, you want to maximize the amount of time you get to spend with your children before they head off to college or otherwise begin life on their own. Once you divorce your child’s other parent, however, this can become decidedly more difficult, and you may find yourself adjusting to a joint-custody arrangement. At the Law Offices of Johnson & Buh, we understand that joint-custody arrangements are not always desirable for all parties involved, but we also recognize that such arrangements can have positive effects on children.
As a parent in Illinois who is in the process of getting a divorce, you will also have to deal with matters like child custody and support. If you do not already have established paternity over your child, it may be something to look into.
Alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation and collaborative law are on nearly everyone’s minds when they are considering a divorce. After all, who wants to go through a contentious, expensive and lengthy court battle if you can get your divorce over with in a few mediation sessions? However, you and other Illinois residents should understand that while these uncontested divorce options have numerous benefits, they are not always as simple as they seem.
You may have learned from family, friends and your own research that alternative dispute resolution methods have many benefits over a litigated divorce. While it is true that mediation and collaborative law can help many Illinois couples end their marriages amicably, uncontested divorce is not for everyone. If you have doubts as to whether an uncontested method is for you, it may be wise to consider your individual circumstances.
When Illinois parents break off their marriage, there are two main options for them to look into regarding custody of their child. One type is known as joint custody, while the other is sole custody. Both can have their own benefits and drawbacks.
When you begin receiving your child support checks, you may be concerned about whether your ex-spouse can dictate how you spend the money, or if the family law court will monitor your spending. This may be especially worrisome if your ex was controlling during your marriage or if he or she is currently making comments about your child support spending. At the Law Offices of Johnson & Buh, we understand that this can be stressful. You and other Illinois can be reassured when you know your rights surrounding child support.
For those who have spent too long with an abusive partner, it can be difficult to find the courage to leave. You may feel financially or emotionally dependent on your spouse. You could also be afraid for your physical safety, as well as that of your children. At the Law Offices of Johnson & Buh, we understand that finding freedom from an abusive spouse can be hard and even dangerous. We are prepared to answer the questions of Illinois residents hoping to put some peace and safety back into their lives.