Weisman & Weisman, P.C. is a third generation Chicago law firm representing clients in a range of family law matters. Given the depth of our experience, we understand the emotional impact that divorce and other family disputes have on you and your loved ones. Our goal is to help you optimally resolve your legal issues by providing personal service, honest advice, and steadfast support.
Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage
The period before, during, and after a divorce is often emotionally traumatic for all involved; however, over the course of this difficult time, you must make many life-impacting decisions that will affect you and your family for years to come. We strive to minimize the stress and anxiety of divorce, avoiding unnecessary conflict and tension whenever possible while ensuring that our clients' rights and interests are protected every step of the way. Issues that may accompany divorce include:
- Division of Assets - Illinois is an equitable property division state, which means that property acquired during a marriage should be divided fairly upon divorce. We understand that it can be stressful to divide personal property, but while minimizing contention between divorcing spouses is important, it is also essential to make a clear and effective claim to that which each party is entitled. Our attorneys will take the time to thoroughly assess assets, debts, and income, identifying the issues at hand so that we may best protect our clients' rights and security before and after divorce.
- Custody, Visitation & Support - When parents divorce, child custody, visitation, and support must be determined. Often, parents work out these arrangements between themselves, either voluntarily or with the assistance of their attorneys or a mediator; however, when they are unable to reach a decision, the court may intervene and make a decision based on the best interests of the child. Whether the case is straightforward or complex, our goal is to help our clients achieve arrangements that fit their needs and objectives.
- Maintenance/Alimony - Spousal maintenance (formerly referred to as alimony) is used to enable a divorcing spouse to gain training or to maintain a balanced standard of living until he or she becomes self-supporting following a divorce. The amount and duration of support is determined on a case-by case basis, taking into account such factors as the length of the marriage, the age and health of the parties, and the needs of each spouse. We assist clients in obtaining fair and balanced support arrangements.
Even years after a marriage has ended, events may transpire that affect the terms of divorce agreements. When circumstances change, a party can petition for a post-judgment modification. For example, an existing agreement may be amended if a custody arrangement becomes detrimental to a child or if a parent remarries, moves, or increases his or her earnings.
Establishing legal paternity gives a father certain rights and responsibilities in regard to his child. For example, a paternity action may be brought in order to impose a child support obligation, establish a right to inheritance, or gain or prohibit custody or visitation rights. Our attorneys regularly help clients assert, challenge, or establish paternity depending on their needs.
We believe that adoption is an undertaking well worth the effort; however, completing the adoption process often involves a great deal of stress and a significant financial investment. We have experience assisting clients in domestic and stepparent adoptions, handling all legal aspects of adoption so that prospective parents can focus on welcoming a new addition to their family.
Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders
We have handled many cases involving domestic violence, and recognize when it is necessary to obtain court orders in order to protect our clients and their children. A restraining order requires the spouse (or person with a special relationship) to obey certain rules before or after a court hearing, such as the divorce or custody hearing, and may limit contact or prohibit contact entirely.
Seek Experienced, Supportive Representation
As our client, you can be sure that you will receive the prompt and personal attention of a reputable Chicago attorney. If you are facing divorce or need to address another family law issue, please contact Weisman & Weisman, P.C. today. We can evaluate your case and determine the best way to achieve a resolution that suits your needs and goals.