Chicago Family Law Firm
The phrase family law is a broad practice area that encompasses issues relating to marriage, divorce, paternity, child custody, adoption, and several other kinds of family-related claims. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act relates to marriage, divorce, and parentage laws, the Illinois Parentage Act of 2015 makes important provisions relating to paternity and parentage, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) allows for enforcement of child support orders issued by out-of-state courts.
Brinkmeier Law, LLC handles various kinds of family law issues in Illinois and understands the most effective ways to get rewarding results for our clients. Our firm represents clients in many different parts of Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, Lake County, and McHenry County.
Common Kinds of Family Law Cases
Some of the most common types of family law cases that Brinkmeier Law, LLC, handles include, but are not limited to:
- Child Custody & Visitation — Child custody matters can have the potential to implicate the relationship a parent has with the child now and for many years to come. Recent changes to Illinois state law now mean that parents are expected to try and negotiate more time-sharing arrangements for custody so both parents will enjoy active roles in a child’s life. Many different issues can complicate child custody and visitation agreements, so it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate any possible complexities to your claim.
- Child Support — Child support remains one of the most contentious issues of most marriage breakdowns because one party will inevitably feel they are paying too much while the other believes they are not receiving enough. One issue that can commonly arise is a paying parent believing they can withhold payment of child support because of a custodial parent interfering with the noncustodial parent’s time with children. It is also possible that a paying parent may need to adjust the terms of their payments because of a sudden job loss, medical issue, or other issue causing extreme hardship.
- Post-Decree Modifications — Most spouses seeking divorces are elated when they get their final decrees of divorce, but the final decree may only be good enough for a limited amount of time. Eventually, issues can arise with child support, parenting time, allocation of parental responsibilities, or spousal maintenance that require post-decree modifications. Such changes may be necessary because of material changes in circumstances, remarriages, co-habitations of spouses, or deaths of spouses.
- Relocation/Removal of Child — When spouses divorce, it is far from uncommon for one spouse to move to a different state. When a spouse moving to another state is also a custodial parent, then they will need court approval to move a child to another state. Illinois has strict rules for parents relating to relocation when parents are seeking to move children considerable distances from their original addresses.
- Prenuptial/Postnuptial Agreements — Regardless of whether a couple is planning to marry or has already married, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can be incredibly beneficial in the event of a separation. While newlyweds often do not want to envision such situations, it can be important to take steps early on to identify what will and will not be considered marital property, and what will happen with that property in the event of a divorce or separation. Prenuptial agreements are typically signed before a couple marries while postnuptial agreements are created after a wedding.
Brinkmeier Law, LLC, also handles divorce cases involving property division, maintenance and alimony, mediation, orders of protection, and collaborative law.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with Our Illinois Family Law Attorney
If you think that you are going to be dealing with a family law matter in Illinois in the near future, you need to know that you do not have to handle everything by yourself. Brinkmeier Law, LLC, can be by your side the entire time and will be willing to fight to protect your rights the entire time.
Our firm is committed to helping our clients achieve the most favorable outcomes to their cases. You can call (312) 291-4486 or contact us to schedule a free consultation with our Illinois family law attorney.