Arlington Heights Divorce Lawyer & Family Law Attorney

 
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The decision to SEEK A DIVORCE marks a crossroad in your life.

Ending a marriage is difficult but the process does not have to leave you broken. During this challenging time, you need compassionate legal representation from a divorce lawyer who will listen, pursue your goals, protect your interests, and help you move forward with peace of mind.   

For more information about divorce and other family law matters including custody and visitation, child support, DCFS abuse and neglect investigations, legal separation, parentage/paternity, post-decree enforcement and modification, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Lawyer & Family Law Attorney.

Collaborative Law & Divorce

Collaborative divorce is a process whereby each spouse retains an attorney trained in collaborative law practice who uses problem-solving strategies instead of adversarial approaches and litigation. Several planned meetings are scheduled to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement regarding equitable division of assets and debts and, as necessary, spousal support, child support, parental responsibilities, and parenting time. The collaborative law approach also allows for participation of other professionals (e.g., financial neutrals, child specialists) and tends to reduce stress, minimize cost, and shorten the divorce process. 

For questions about the collaborative law process and whether it may be right for you, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Lawyer & Family Law Attorney.

Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce, after the parties reach agreement, one party files a petition to start the divorce case and the other receives the petition but is not required to answer or to appear in court. A divorce attorney who represents one of the parties then drafts their agreement and handles the “prove-up” hearing at court to finalize the divorce. 

For more information about uncontested divorce, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Lawyer & Family Law Attorney.

Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce, parties who cannot settle their case must litigate the issues before a Judge who determines significant matters such as parenting time, child support, maintenance, and property division. This process tends to be significantly more costly and time-consuming as compared to an uncontested or collaborative law divorce. 

For more information about the contested divorce process, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Lawyer & Family Law Attorney.

Allocation of Parental Responsibilities & Parenting Time (Custody & Visitation)

Decisions about parenting time and child-related healthcare, religion, education, and extra-curricular activities tend to be among the most important and costly issues to litigate for divorcing parents. Under Illinois law, the best interests of the child control and parents generally must try to mediate conflicts about the formulation or modification of parenting plans. 

For more information about allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

Child Support

Child support obligations may be modified but not waived or discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment. Illinois courts follow the income shares model to determine a child support obligation by considering both parents' incomes as well as economic data for parental income that the child would have been received had the parents stayed married. 

For more information about child support, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

DCFS Abuse & Neglect Investigations

Being accused of abuse or neglect of your child can overwhelm and terrify any parent. These types of allegations can be especially difficult to deal with for those individuals whose jobs require them to work directly with children. Individuals who find themselves in this perilous legal situation should seek as much information as possible in order to make informed decisions and protect their rights. 

If you need help navigating a DCFS investigation, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

Legal Separation

Legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married but living apart.  This option can help spouses work through personal or financial issues affecting the marriage and allows for the retention of health care and other benefits that terminate with a divorce.

For more information about legal separation, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

Parentage/Paternity

Parentage is the legal relationship between parent and a child and includes both maternity (mother/child) and paternity (father/child). Among other things, establishing paternity gives mothers the right to seek child support, fathers the right to seek parenting time, and children the right to benefits such Social Security, insurance, and a relationship with both parents.

If you are ready to establish the paternity of your child, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

Post-decree Enforcement & Modification

Even after the divorce is final, you may need to go back to court to enforce or modify an existing order. For example,  your former spouse is failing to meet his or her child support obligation, you are losing time with your child because the established parenting plan is not being followed, or employment issues or significant health problems have created a substantial change of circumstance.

For more information about post-decree enforcement and modification, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement or “prenup," is a contract entered into prior to marriage that most commonly includes provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event of dissolution of the marriage. A postnuptial agreement or "postnup" is similar to a prenup but is executed after a couple marries for any number of reasons such as infidelity, spending habits, or substance use issues.

For more information about prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, click here or call 224.800.1351 to schedule a consultation with David Saxe of SAXE LAW LLC, Naperville & Arlington Heights Divorce Attorney & Family Law Attorney.

 
 
 
 
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