Answering Family Law Questions
Navigating your way through a divorce can be difficult and confusing without the guidance of a skilled attorney. At Botti Marinaccio, LTD., we are proud to offer our clients guidance and information on the divorce process. Listed below are answers to some of the most common questions we hear during initial consultations:
How long will my divorce take?
Depending on how cooperative the spouses are and how complex the divorce is, it can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Our goal is to minimize the time it takes to resolve your divorce without sacrificing the quality of the outcome.
How much does a divorce cost?
The cost of a divorce varies depending on the complexity of the marital assets and the length of the process. A divorce may cost anywhere from $15,000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the complexity of the divorce. If divorcing couples pursue a collaborative divorce, it can cost considerably less.
How is child custody determined?
Before coming to a decision about child custody, the court will consider several factors including the child’s relationship with each parent, how well each parent can provide for the child, the preferences of each parent and child, and the physical and mental health of each parent.
How is child support determined?
Illinois courts use the Income-Shares Model. This system considers the number of children, each spouse’s income and the average costs of raising a child. This average is used as a guideline and then refined after considering the cost of living in the communities where the parents are living. Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney representing you in negotiating child support payments is critical to settling on a fair amount.
Do I need a lawyer for my divorce?
Even if your spouse wants to collaborate with you through your divorce, you should always have a lawyer at your side. A skilled attorney can help you avoid agreeing to terms that are unfair to you. We can negotiate on your behalf and make sure your wishes are taken into account in the final settlement.