Alternatives To Divorce
For many people, separating from a spouse is a contentious experience, with one or both parties digging in their heels and refusing to negotiate. Not all family conflicts have to happen this way. While legal action will always be necessary, some can be handled through alternatives to divorce.
At Manassa, Stassen & Vaclavek, P.C., we offer experienced representation in a wide range of family law dispute resolution options. Everything from child custody and child support to the division of marital assets and alimony (spousal support) can be handled through means like:
Legal Separation Agreements
Some couples prefer to stay married for tax concerns, health care benefits or religious reasons. Still, they may realize that living together as a married couple is not appropriate for their personal needs. Legal separation can provide a way for these couples to arrive at agreements that address child care, living arrangements and financial concerns without officially getting divorced.
Legal separation still is a legally recognized status in the state of Illinois, so you do need to ensure things are handled properly. Do not just assume you are legally separated because you and your spouse are not living together.
Much like prenuptial agreements, postnuptial agreements provide couples with a means to legally determine how common divorce issues would be handled in the event of a marriage dissolving. This can be especially beneficial for couples with highly valued assets (like business owners) or couples trying to repair their marriage by taking financial factors out of the conversation.
If you intend to stay married, but want to ensure you and your spouse have clearly outlined each individual's responsibilities and rights to custody and financial assets, drafting a postnuptial agreement may be right for you.
Divorce Mediation And Avoiding Litigation
If you do plan on getting divorced, but want to keep the court out of it as much as possible, we can help you. We are strong advocates for finding solutions that truly reflect a family's unique needs. Keeping decision-making in our clients' hands and helping them foster amicable and collaborative relationships (even through disagreements) is often the most effective way to get the results they are looking for.
Contact our offices in Barrington (847-282-4051) or Crystal Lake (815-384-2238) to arrange a free consultation. We can be reached online or by telephone and we represent clients throughout Cook, McHenry, Lake, Kane and DuPage counties, and surrounding areas.
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