Divorce Attorneys Serving Livingston County in Pontiac, Illinois and the Surrounding Areas
From our office in Bloomington, IL, we represent clients in dissolution of marriage and legal separation cases serving Livingston County and the surrounding areas. Our divorce lawyers have the experience, the dedication and the skill to properly handle your case. We understand how overwhelming it can be to face unfamiliar legal issues with so much at stake.
As listed in the biographies section, multiple attorneys at our firm have received awards and honors for divorce and family law. In fact, both founding partners have been recognized as Super Lawyer Rising Stars for Family Law. In addition to many other awards, Kirk Stange has been recognized as a Top 10 Family Law Attorney in Missouri by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.
You can count on us to be there with you throughout the process. Whether you live in Livingston County, including Pontiac or elsewhere, Stange Law Firm, PC can help you.
To get more information about Livingston County Family Law, click on the following links:
- Livingston County Family Court: Check this link out for further information about the Livingston County family court.
- Livingston County Government: If you want more information about Livingston County government, click this link.
- Directions to the Livingston County Courthouse: Google Maps directions to the Livingston County Courthouse.
Here to Help With Your Divorce around Livingston County, Illinois
Our attorneys are bold attorneys, and our opponents know that we prepare every cases case as if it is going to trial until such time that a settlement deal is in place. While we always work to reach a fair settlement without the need for a long and costly legal battle, and also practice in the area of collaborative law and mediation, we know that sometimes this is not possible.
We provide strong representation in all aspects of divorce, including:
- Child Custody & Visitation in Livingston County: We offer knowledgeable attorneys who can assist with your child custody case in Livingston County.
- Livingston County Child Support: Stange Law Firm, PC serving Livingston County can assist you with your child support cases.
- Adoption in Livingston County: If you are looking for an adoption our attorneys can assist Livingston County residents.
- Livingston County Division of Property & Debts: Our attorneys are able to help serve residents within Livingston County with your division of property and debts during your divorce.
- Post-divorce Modifications in Livingston County: The lawyers at our firm can help serve Livingston County residents in need of a modification post-divorce.
From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, seminar videos, listen to our podcast, download our mobile application or view support calculators for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.
Pontiac, IL Divorce Lawyers Handling All Aspects of Divorce and Family Law Matters
As your full-service divorce law firm in Pontiac, we can advise and represent you on any and all issues that may arise during the divorce process in Illinois, such as:
- High net worth divorce in Pontiac, IL: Our attorneys are familiar with family law matters that involve high assets in Pontiac, Illinois.
- Annulment in Pontiac, IL: We represent clients in their annulment matters in Livingston County.
- Pontiac, IL Uncontested divorce: The lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC are able to assist with your Pontiac, IL uncontested divorce.
- Pontiac, IL Contested divorce: Our firm is able to represent clients in their contested divorces in Pontiac, IL.
- Pontiac, Illinois divorce lawyers: We have divorce lawyers in Livingston County.
- Pontiac IL child custody and visitation attorneys: The attorneys at our firm are able to help with your child custody and visitation matters in Livingston County.
- Pontiac IL child support lawyers: We represent clients in their child support issues in Livingston County.
- Spousal maintenance and alimony in Pontiac, IL: Are you currently involved in a spousal maintenance matter in Livingston County? Our attorneys are able to assist.
- Division of property and debts in Pontiac, IL: We can represent you in your division of property and debts in Pontiac, Illinois.
- Post-divorce modifications in Pontiac, IL: The lawyers at Stange Law Firm, PC can help with post-divorce modifications.
- Pontiac IL dissolution of same sex marriages: We represent Livingston County dissolutions of same sex marriages.
COMMON DIVORCE QUESTIONS IN ILLINOIS
Grounds for Divorce in Pontiac, Illinois
If you are having issues with your marriage in the State of Illinois then a divorce can be sought for any of the following reasons:
- If your spouse commits Adultery.
- If you enter into a marriage with one person while still legally married to another (Bigamy)
- If you desert your spouse for a whole year
- Attempt to end the life of your spouse
- Addiction to Alcohol/Drugs
- If your spouse is convicted of a felony
- Infecting other spouse with sexually transmitted disease
- Living separate and apart for six months
- Having irreconcilable differences that have caused the irretrievable breakdown of your marriage
In the case of living separate and apart with irreconcilable differences, you must show the court that you work your hardest to keep the marriage intact but it cannot be saved. The court will look at the evidence and determine whether all efforts have been made or it isn’t appropriate for the family to reconcile.
Residency Requirements in Livingston County and Where to File
One of the parties who is seeking a dissolution to the marriage must have been a resident of the State of Illinois for a minimum of ninety days immediately prior to the filing of the action. The action for dissolution may be filed in the county where either party resides.
Name of Court and Title of Action/Parties in Pontiac, Illinois
The action for dissolution of marriage is filed in the Circuit Court. The action that begins the process of the divorce proceedings is called the Petition for Dissolution. The action that removes your marriage is known as Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. The person who files for divorce is the Petitioner and the other spouse is the Respondent.
Legal Separation in Livingston County
If you and your spouse have been living away from each other but aren’t seeking a divorce then you can look toward a judgment of legal separation.
Simplified Divorce Procedure in Pontiac, Illinois
We all know that a divorce is a difficult matter. However, you may be able to simplify your divorce by filing jointly, if you meet all of the following conditions:
- Neither party is dependent upon the other for support or each party is willing to waive the right to support, and each party understands that consultation with an attorney may help them determine eligibility for support
- The residency requirements have been met
- Irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or the parties have been separated for at least six months
- Reconciliation efforts have failed or would be futile
- There are no children of the marriage and the wife is not pregnant
- The marriage is no older than eight years
- Neither party has any interest in real property
- The parties waive all rights to maintenance / maintenance
- The total fair market value of all marital property is less than $50,000
- The combined gross annual income of both parties is less than $60,000, and neither party has a gross annual income in excess of $30,000
- The parties have disclosed to each other all assets and their tax returns for all years of marriage
- The parties have executed a written agreement dividing all assets in excess of $100 in value and allocated responsibility for all debts and liabilities between the parties
Spousal Maintenance in Livingston County
In years past in the State of Illinois judges were given a lot of power in determining the amount and duration of maintenance awarded in divorce cases. And now as of January, 2018 there are new guidelines in place which use a formula to calculate the amount of maintenance awarded as well as the duration of the payments.
The Formula to Estimate The Length of Divorce Maintenance/Spousal Support Award in Your Case is:
- (Marriage 0-5 years) x (20%)
- (Marriage 5-6 years) x (24%)
- (Marriage 6-7 years) x (28%)
- (Marriage 7-8 years) x (32%)
- (Marriage 8-9 years) x (36%)
- (Marriage 9-10 years) x (40%)
- (Marriage 10-11 years) x (44%)
- (Marriage 11-12 years) x (48%)
- (Marriage 12-13 years) x (52%)
- (Marriage 13-14 years) x (56%)
- (Marriage 14-15 years) x (60%)
- (Marriage 15-16 years) x (64%)
- (Marriage 16-17 years) x (68%)
- (Marriage 17-18 years) x (74%)
- (Marriage 18-19 years) x (76%)
- (Marriage 19-20 years) x (80%)
- Marriages of 20+ years – court shall order either permanent maintenance or the length of the marriage
Formula for Maintenance: Amount – (30% of the payer’s income) – (20% of the receiver’s income)
*The receiver’s new income cannot exceed 40% of the parties’ combined income
Distribution of Property in Pontiac, Illinois
In Illinois, you will be allowed to keep your own personal property such as your clothes and shoes. The court will then divide any shared property, as it deems equitable and just, without regard to who is filing for divorce. The court will consider the following factors when dividing marital property:
- The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition and preservation of the marital and non-marital property
- The dissipation by each party of the marital and non-marital property
- The value of the property set aside to each spouse
- The duration of the marriage
- The economic circumstances of the parties at the time the division of property takes effect
- Any pre-eXisting rights and obligations from previous marriages
- Any prenuptial or postnuptial agreement between the parties
- The age, health, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, employability, estate, liabilities and needs of each party
- The custodial provisions for any children
- Whether the apportionment is in lieu of or in addition to spousal maintenance
- The reasonable opportunities of each spouse for future acquisition of capital assets and income
- The tax circumstances of the property division
Child Custody (Parenting Responsibilities) in Livingston County
If you are unable to come to an agreement with your spouse, the court will determine custody or parenting responsibilities based on the following factors:
- The wishes of the child’s parents
- The wishes of the child
- The amount of time each parent has spent performing caretaking functions for the child in the 24 months before a case is filed
- Any prior agreement or course of conduct between the parents relating to caretaking functions of the child
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his/her parents and siblings, etc
- The child’s adjustment to home, school and community
- The mental and physical health of all individuals concerned
- The child’s needs
- The distance between the parents’ residences
- Whether any restriction on parenting time is appropriate
- The willingness and ability of each parent to place the needs of the child head of the parents’ own needs
- Whether one of the parents is a convicted sex offender
- Any instances of domestic violence or abuse
- The willingness and ability of each party to encourage a close and continuing relationship between the child and other parent
Illinois divorce laws allow a court to interview the child in chambers to ascertain his wishes as to custody and visitation.
Child Support in Pontiac, Illinois
The State of Illinois has enacted child support guidelines that establish the amount of support, which is presumed to be correct. The court may deviate from the guidelines, however, when it finds that the application of the guidelines would be inappropriate, after consideration of the following factors:
- The financial resources and needs of the child
- The financial resources and needs of the parents
- The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been dissolved
- The physical and emotional condition of the child and his or her educational needs
You may also be required to provide health care coverage for the child as part of the child support order.
Name Change in Livingston County
A spouse may request a name change back to their former or maiden name. This request may be granted by the court upon the divorce.
Contact Divorce Attorneys Serving Livingston County, IL in Pontiac and Nearby Areas
Are you looking to hire an experienced family law attorney to help you with your divorce or separation matter? If so, contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation at any of our convenient locations near Livingston County:
McLean County (Bloomington), IL Office: 309-807-4915 Click to learn more about this location.
1012 Ekstam Drive, Suite 4, Bloomington, Illinois 61704