At Rogers Law Office in Champaign, Illinois, I know how important family is to my clients and will work zealously on your behalf throughout your matter. If you are getting a divorce, are seeking child custody, or want to modify your visitation or child support arrangements, I can help. My vast experience and in-depth knowledge of Illinois family law give me the ability to seek the best outcome for each of my clients.
Illinois allows a streamlined procedure called Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage that speeds up the divorce process and makes it much more affordable. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
If you do not meet these criteria, you can still file for a no-fault, uncontested divorce. You and your spouse must negotiate a marital settlement covering such issues as spousal support, child custody, child support and division of property. The court must approve the agreement, and all arrangements affecting the children must be in their best interests. If you have to litigate your divorce to obtain a fair result, you can trust my experience and my determination to deliver the best possible results.
Illinois law refers to child custody as “parental responsibility” and it involves two elements: the legal right to make important decisions on behalf of the child (called “significant decision-making responsibility”) and parenting time, which refers to the time a child spends with each parent. The court considers many factors when deciding which parent should have these parenting responsibilities. My detailed knowledge of these factors allows me to advocate effectively for my client’s rights.
Under Illinois law both parents are responsible for supporting their children financially, but support is generally paid to the spouse with whom the child primarily resides. The state has guidelines for basic child support, but many affluent couples often go beyond the basic requirements for items such as private school tuition, health insurance, special needs, enrichment activities and sports.
When necessary, I help clients enforce child support orders by seeking court orders for bank asset seizures, wage garnishment, professional license suspension or contempt. However, enforcement only works if the payer has the ability to pay. If financial reversals have made payment difficult, the payer can petition the court for a modification of the order. I regularly assist parents seeking or opposing modifications.