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DuPage County family law attorney, getting marriedCongratulations are in order if you have recently gotten engaged and are embarking on the planning phase of your upcoming wedding. As you are preparing the guest list, booking a venue, and making arrangements for the reception, the legal aspects of your nuptials may be the furthest from your mind. However, there are some important tasks you need to address as your wedding day approaches—matters that can ensure you are getting your marriage off on the right foot. Discuss your specific circumstances with an Illinois prenuptial agreement attorney, and consider these “must-do’s” before the big day.

Apply for Your Marriage License

Before Illinois will recognize your marriage as legal, you will need to secure a marriage license from the county clerk’s office where you or your soon-to-be-spouse live. You must both appear before the clerk in order to obtain the license, and bring proof that you are 18 years or older; a driver’s license, state-issued ID, or birth certificate will be sufficient. If either of you were married before, you will need to supply the information on why and when the previous marriage ended (death, divorce, etc.).

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DuPage County family law attorney, mediation, Illinois divorce caseWhen you think about divorce in Illinois, you may see images of drawn-out, antagonistic legal battles involving repeated court hearings where spouses fight over children, the division of property, and spousal support. However, not all cases are so adversarial and can actually be resolved through mediation under appropriate circumstances.

Many spouses are able to agree on some issues or are close to compromise on disputed matters, making mediation an ideal solution to protracted, expensive litigation. Talk to an Illinois mediation professional about your situation after getting some basic information about the process.

How Mediation Works in Divorce Cases

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DuPage County family law attorney, Illinois divorce caseWhen a couple decides to divorce, several steps are taken to begin the process. After the initial consultation with an Illinois divorce lawyer, your attorney will get to work on gathering information and filing the proper forms for your case. Research on property division, issues involving children, and potential strategies for spousal support will also be conducted. Additionally, your attorney will be touch with you about the work behind the scenes, which will include appearances in court. You may wonder what these hearings are about, since your case is not yet proceeding to trial. These court appearances are a necessary part of the process, so it is important to understand what is going on and what to expect.

Status Hearings 

Court appearances are scheduled by the judge to see where certain factors stand on divorce proceedings. Your attorney will attend to offer a report on whether there has been settlement on property distribution and/or spousal support, and if you and your spouse have come to an agreement on allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time. If discovery and depositions are necessary to investigate and resolve certain outstanding issues, your attorney will update the judge.

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DuPage County family law attorney, Voluntary Acknowledgement of PaternityOn its face, the Illinois Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) seems like a simple form. It requires basic information about the mother, the child, the person asserting parentage, and other details. The benefit of using a VAP is that paternity is established without having to go to court. However, it is critical that you know the legal implications of executing the form—no matter what position you are in as a parent.

Before you consider this method of establishing paternity and sign the VAP, make sure you talk to a qualified Illinois parentage attorney to fully understand your rights and obligations.

VAP Basics

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DuPage County family law attorney, spousal maintenance agreementsIn many divorce cases, the parties are able to agree upon spousal maintenance and the terms of the arrangement are entered into the final dissolution of marriage order. Under Illinois law, the agreement is binding on the parties, but it can be modified under certain circumstances. At times, it may be necessary and appropriate to make changes, as many life-changing events can occur after the divorce is finalized. The ex-spouses must look to the specific terms of the agreement to determine whether it can be modified. Hence, it is important to consult with an Illinois spousal maintenance attorney before you sign.

Agreements Regarding Modification

The terms of a spousal maintenance agreement typically cover the amount one spouse pays to the other, how often, and whether there are any events that would cause maintenance to terminate. In addition to payment basics, a divorcing couple can also include different types of modification provisions in their spousal maintenance agreement:

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Warrenville Office
Address28371 Davis Parkway, Suite 103, Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone(630) 657-5052
Fax(888) 350-9195
Wheaton Office
Address1776 S. Naperville Road, Building A, Suite 105, Wheaton, IL 60189
Phone(630) 580-6373
Fax(888) 350-9195
Chicago Office
Address321 N. Clark Street, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60654
Phone(312) 985-5676
Fax(888) 350-9195
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Joliet, IL 60432
Phone(815) 582-4901
Fax(888) 350-9195
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