Whether you face a divorce, custody dispute, contested property division process or more, you are likely to have many questions.

At Lavin & Parisi, Attorneys at Law, we have over 35 years of experience in assisting individuals, couples and families across Illinois. Our long history of working with family law issues enables us to answer both your straightforward and complex questions. Read on for some of our most frequently asked questions:

How Has The Child Custody Process Changed In Illinois?

Illinois courts now refer to child custody and visitation as the allocation of parenting time and responsibility. Courts by default award joint custody to encourage a child's relationship with both parents when possible. This enables both parents to participate in making key legal decisions on behalf of the child, including those related to their care, health, education and more. A parenting plan establishes details for important decisions, as well as visitation schedules for school breaks, holidays and regular weeks.

How Much Will I Pay In Child Support?

Illinois guidelines dictate child support obligations. This is based on several factors, including the monthly net income of both parents, the custodial arrangement, the needs of the child, the spousal maintenance or support order, and more. These guidelines only dictate payments for parents up to a certain monthly income. When your income exceeds this, we can advise on what to anticipate.

Will I Owe Or Receive Spousal Support?

Contrary to widespread belief, spousal maintenance or support is not guaranteed in every divorce. It depends on the length of the marriage, contributions of both spouses to the marriage, lifestyle set in the marriage, ability of one spouse to obtain necessary training and more. Whether you seek or challenge alimony payments, we will advocate for your interests.

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

We do not have a one-size-fits-all approach to the cost of your divorce. We do offer a complementary consultation, in which we can get to know you and your unique situation. We can provide you with what to expect in terms of cost at this meeting.

Does The Wrongdoer Get Punished In A Divorce?

No. As a no-fault divorce state, married couples in Illinois may file for divorce on no grounds. Even when the fault of one spouse does cause the divorce, there are no punitive measures that will result from disclosing such information.

Ask Us Your Questions

When you face complex family law issues, don't wait to involve a lawyer. Schedule a complementary consultation at our Crystal Lake office to ask us your questions. Call us at 815-261-4894 or contact us online.