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Wheaton: Office

460 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 904-3033

St. Charles: Office

555 S. Randall Rd.
Suite 204
St. Charles, IL 60174

(630) 882-2114

Warrenville: Office

4200 Cantera Dr.
Suite 200
Warrenville, IL 60555

(630) 882-5837

Chicago: Office

33 N. La Salle St.
Chicago, IL 60602

(224) 765-9498

Naperville: Office

119 S. Ellsworth St.
Naperville, IL 60540

(630) 984-7344

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What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Illinois?

Wheaton Divorce Attorneys Explain New Law Changes

Each state has unique grounds in which a dissolution of marriage can be granted. In Illinois, the law has recently changed regarding grounds for divorce. Illinois has taken the “no-fault” approach to divorce that a majority of other states have. Our team at Abear Law Offices can explain further the details of what “no-fault” means.

This approach for “no-fault” is considered “irreconcilable differences,” which means that you will no longer need to accuse or declare causes of your marital problems. In the past, clients had to claim issues such as abuse, habitual drunkenness, drug addiction, a felony, or adultery. Irreconcilable differences, or I/D, are defined as a complete breakdown of the marriage and future attempts at reconciliation that would be impracticable and not in the best interest of the family.

With the newer laws, you will simply need to verify that you are a resident in the state of Illinois, or stationed here while in the armed services, and that your dissolution of marriage cannot be repaired. The state of Illinois also requires that once you reach the time of entry of judgment, that you and your spouse are not living together for a period of six months.

Contact a Wheaton Divorce Lawyer

Approaching a divorce can be a difficult process, and with the possibility of laws always changing, if would be in your best interest to find representation with years of experience in this area. Abear Law Offices has been assisting clients with divorce or family law for over a decade, and offers free, no-obligation consultations. To arrange an appointment, please contact us at one of our offices that is most convenient for you. We have five offices that can be found around the Chicagoland area in multiple counties. Our numbers can be found here:

  • St. Charles: 630-882-2114
  • Naperville: 630-984-7344
  • Wheaton: 630-904-3033
  • Warrenville: 630-882-5837
  • Chicago: 224-765-9498

Can My Spouse and I Do Our Own Divorce in Illinois?

Wheaton Family Law Attorneys That Offer Initial Divorce Consultations

Although it may sound shocking to hear from an attorney, the answer is actually yes, you and your spouse can do your own divorce. There are both positives and negatives to handling it all on your own, but it is a possible option to explore.

At Abear Law Offices, we are focused on helping you find the best plan for your circumstances, even if that means that we believe you and your spouse can do your own divorce. A huge advantage would be that you can control your own outcome. Another benefit to you is that you are able to decide the duration of the entire divorce process as well as how much it will cost. Other attorneys may be more worried about the money that is involved and less concerned about how much time it will take out of your busy schedules. The key for that to work is for you and your spouse to be completely honest and fair.

It may sound like divorce litigation is a simple matter, but that is not always the case, and this may not be an appropriate approach. Heavy factors that play in divorces are the division of parenting time and wealth for a marital estate. These factors can prove to be quite difficult when the other party is not being honest and causes you to raise suspicion. Those are areas that our team would be able to handle, reducing your stress.

Contact Our Wheaton Divorce Attorneys

If you are questioning which method would be best for your situation, please contact us at Abear Law Offices to arrange a free consultation. Our team has been handling family law for over a decade and will be completely honest about how we believe that you should approach your case. We have five offices around the Chicagoland area that can be found in Wheaton, Naperville, Chicago, Warrenville, and St. Charles. We look forward to sitting down with you for a consultation.

How is Illinois Child Support Law Changing in 2017?

Wheaton Family Law Attorneys Explain New Child Support Laws

On July 1, 2017, Illinois law in regards to child support is changing. Previously, child support payment was handled in a percentage-based traditional method. Now, Illinois is becoming an income-sharing child support state. Our team at Abear Law Offices can explain more on what exactly that means below.

The former Illinois child support law had the non-custodial parent pay the custodial parent a straight percentage of his/her income. This new law states that the income of both parents is examined when deciding the child support amount regardless of who is custodial or not. The courts calculate not only combined income, but parenting time that is allocated.

Another change to the law involves children who live with you. That means that if you have an intact family with a new spouse or partner, the court will reduce the amount of financial support that you actually have to pay. This is because in the past, the courts did not allow new family and children situations to alter the child support amount. Now, a fair support amount will be given to both children.

Consult an Experienced Wheaton Family Lawyer

Here at Abear Law Offices, we have been handling family law and divorce law for nearly 20 years. We are up to date on all current laws that may impact your situation, and are willing to explain anything to you that you may not understand. If you have questions regarding child support laws or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact our office and set up a consultation. We serve clients around the Chicagoland area in counties such as Kane, Will, DuPage, DeKalb, and Cook. You can call us at any of our five office locations. Here are the numbers below:

  • Wheaton: 630-904-3033
  • St. Charles: 630-882-2114
  • Naperville: 630-984-7344
  • Warrenville: 630-882-5837
  • Chicago: 224-765-9498

Will My Current Child Support Payment Change with the New 2017 Illinois Child Support Law?

DuPage County Family Law Attorneys Helping You With Law Changes

In Illinois, a new family law is going into effect on July 1, 2017. It might alter the monetary amount that you will be contributing for child support. The attorneys at Abear Law Offices can assist you with these family law or divorce law legal matters and explain what these changes mean for your case.

This law has a direct effect on how a parent’s current amount obligation is being decided. What happens if you and/or your spouse already have an obligation in place for support before July 1, 2017? It is more than likely that unless there is going to be a dramatic change in your income on the horizon, you will have to pay less for child support.

The law coming in 2017 says that the income of both parents will be used in the calculation to determine the child support obligation amount. This may result in the income of your ex-spouse now being a part of the child support calculations. If this situation may apply to your obligation, it is important that you seek representation to find answers.

This new law also considers parenting time. Illinois courts will examine how many nights your minor child has with each parent. This means that if each parent already has similar parenting time, then one parent will not have to pay the other more than what is fair. The court will also determine which parent has the higher obligation to note if a difference needs to be paid.

Call an Experienced Wheaton Child Support Attorney

When you call our team at Abear Law Offices, you will receive a free consultation that reviews your case. It comes with no obligation. If you live in the DuPage, Will, DeKalb, Cook, or Kane County areas, one of our five different offices can be found near you. Contact us and we will do our best to save you money and provide peace of mind about your case.

How to Find Hidden Assets During an Illinois Divorce

DuPage County Law Firm Can Help Uncover Hidden Funds

It can be difficult to endure the divorce process when you have a spouse who is trying to hide assets from you and the court. There are a few ways to uncover what is going on and stop it from continuing. If this is happening to you, our team at Abear Law Offices can help find any assets that your spouse may be trying to conceal.

The Illinois court system and one of our lawyers can assist in enabling you to bring any hidden assets to light. As soon as a court case has been filed, your attorney is allowed to use the authority of a court to subpoena third parties to produce any documentation that may be required. The type of documentation that we would seek would be paychecks from your spouse’s W-2. Where things can get a little more complicated is if they own their own business or are self employed.

In order to unveil any assets in that situation, we will examine business bank records, tax records, and business expenditures. If you happen to have a spouse who is more evasive, there are other strategies that we can explore such as computer experts, forensic experts, private investigators, or conducting asset searches.

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Attorney

The simple fact is that hiding assets is not just an act that is frowned upon, but against the rules of the court, and a party may be subject to sanctions. We at Abear Law Offices strive to give client-centered legal counsel in areas such as divorce and family law. For over a decade, we have aided clients from all over the Chicagoland area. Please contact us to set up a confidential consultation at any of our offices that are closest for your convenience. Offices can be found in Wheaton, Naperville, Chicago, Warrenville, or St. Charles. Call now so we can begin the process of finding any hidden assets.

  • Wheaton Office
    460 S. County Farm Rd.
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    (630) 904-3033
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  • St. Charles Office
    555 S. Randall Rd.
    Suite 204
    St. Charles, IL 60174
    (630) 882-2114
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  • Warrenville Office
    4200 Cantera Dr.
    Suite 200
    Warrenville, IL 60555
    (630) 882-5837
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  • Chicago Office
    33 N. La Salle St.
    Chicago, IL 60602
    (224) 765-9498
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  • Naperville Office
    119 S. Ellsworth St.
    Naperville, IL 60540
    (630) 984-7344
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