Well over 20,000 people and over 5,000 families make their home in the village of Romeoville in Will County. About 65% of the households there consist of married couples, and over 40% include children under 18. If you are considering dissolving your marriage and have family law questions, you may not know where to start. The knowledgeable Romeoville divorce lawyers at Kollias & Giese, P.C., can help answer any questions that you may have and explain the family court process to you. Whether you are hoping to get a divorce settled quickly with little animosity, or the other party is being unreasonable and refusing to negotiate, the skilled family law attorneys at Kollias & Giese, P.C., can help you.Marriage and Divorce in Romeoville
In Romeoville, 57% of residents over age 15 are married. While many of these marriages will last permanently, some of them will end in a divorce. Generally, one of the key steps in a divorce is dividing assets and debts. If the couple can come to an agreement between themselves (possibly with the help of a knowledgeable divorce attorney in the Romeoville area), the court will likely approve the agreement. However, if the couple cannot come to an agreement, and the case goes to trial, the court will use Illinois law to determine how to divide assets and allocate debts.
If your spouse and you live in Romeoville, you will most likely be using the Will County Courthouse in Joliet. The first thing that the court will do is determine which property is marital property and which is separate property. Generally, any property that either spouse acquires during the marriage will be considered marital property. The main exception to this is if the property was inherited by one of the spouses and kept separately during the marriage.
Once the marital property has been identified, the court will then divide it equitably. This does not necessarily mean equally; the court looks at a number of factors to determine how to divide the property. Generally, the longer the marriage, the more likely it is that the property will be evenly split between the parties. A Romeoville divorce attorney can tell you how the law would likely apply to your situation.Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time
According to the last census, nearly 30% of the people living in Romeoville are under the age of 18. Divorcing couples with children will also need to figure out a parenting plan for the children. A few years ago, Illinois moved away from using the word “custody,” introducing terms such as parenting time and parental responsibilities. Parenting time involves who has the children at any given time. Parental responsibility is about which parent has the ability to make certain decisions on issues like medical care, education, and religion. Generally, only one parent at a time can have parenting time. However, parental responsibilities can be shared between the parties, especially if they have a relatively amicable relationship.
A court will usually uphold a parenting plan to which the parties agree, as long as the judge believes that it is in the best interests of the children. If the parties cannot agree to a parenting plan, the court will hear testimony and look at other evidence to create a parenting plan that will be in the best interests of the children. The court can consider the wishes of the child, the child’s school situation, their relationship with any siblings, each parent’s work schedule, and other issues. The court will try to make sure that the child has significant time with each parent, if at all possible.Get Advice From a Divorce Lawyer in Romeoville
While you may be able to get a basic understanding of Illinois divorce and child custody law on your own, only a skilled family law attorney can tell you how the law will apply to your particular situation. The experienced attorneys at Kollias & Giese, P.C., use an individualized approach with each client. That means that we will keep you informed at each step of the process and answer any questions that you may have. Our client-centered approach means that we also have evening and weekend appointments available. Call or email us for a free consultation today at (630) 407-1200.