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Insightful Illinois Divorce Lawyer Resolves Delicate Family Matters

Comprehensive guidance for divorce, mediation, child custody, and spousal support issues in Illinois

Divorce can cause tremendous stress and emotional pain for everyone involved. At The Law Offices of Catherine M. Byrne, we have decades of experience helping divorcing spouses overcome a range of sensitive family law issues. We explain the law and your options in a simplified manner so that you can focus on rebuilding your life. Whether you need help with a property division issue, custody dispute, or maintenance disagreement, our firm will provide you with competent and sympathetic counsel.

Strong representation for divorcing spouses in Chicago

To file for divorce in Illinois, you must satisfy the 90-day residency requirement. This means that either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least three months.

Since Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, you may file for a dissolution based on “irreconcilable differences” if you’ve lived apart from your spouse for two years or more. The time apart is reduced to six months if you and your spouse agree to such an arrangement in writing. Our firm can quickly determine if you satisfy the residency requirement and assist you in filing the necessary court documents to initiate your divorce. We can also represent your best interests in these related issues:

  • Division of martial assets and debts — Illinois courts divide marital debt and property, including the marital home, in a manner that is fair but not necessarily equal. With certain exceptions, any debt or property acquired during the marriage is generally considered marital property and subject to division.
  • Spousal support — Spousal support, or maintenance, may be awarded on a temporary or permanent basis. When determining spousal support, the court considers the present and future earning capacity of each party, duration of the marriage, standard of living established during the marriage, and any other factors it deems relevant.

If you and your spouse agree on most issues, our firm can assist in mediating your divorce. The mediation process, which is often less time-consuming and less expensive than divorce litigation, can be helpful for families seeking to resolve spousal support, custody, and property division issues in a less formal and unbiased atmosphere.

Dedicated counsel for child custody and visitation

At our firm, we focus on preserving your child’s well-being as well as your parental rights when representing you in the following family law matters:

  • Child custody — When awarding custody, the court considers many factors including the child’s preference, the health of each parent, and the child’s adjustment to home, school, and family. However, a judge ultimately will determine custody based on the arrangement that is in the child’s best interests. This may result in joint custody or sole custody.
  • Visitation — In Illinois, noncustodial parents have the right to spend a reasonable amount of time with their children. What’s “reasonable,” however, can easily change over time and be affected by other factors, including the child’s age. In rare cases the court may limit, or possibly restrict, interaction with the noncustodial parent if or she is considered detrimental to the child’s well-being. Given our vast experience in family law, we can help you draft a comprehensive visitation schedule.

Our firm is devoted to representing Chicago-area clients in divorce and other domestic law matters. We carefully review your case and develop a strategic plan for achieving your goals and protecting your loved ones.

Contact an experienced family law attorney in Chicago

The Law Offices of Catherine M. Byrne offers compassionate family law counsel to Illinois residents. Please call 312-637-5356 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an attorney at our Chicago office.

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  • Chicago Office
    77 West Washington Street
    Suite 1711
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    Phone: 312-332-5100
    Fax: 312-332-5105