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New Guides for Alimony in Illinois

Illinois has adopted new guidelines for Spousal Support (also called maintenance and formerly called alimony) for families whose combined Income is less than $250k. The new law becomes effective on January 1, 2015.

Divorce - Planning Ahead is the Best Advice

No one wants to go thru the tragedy of a divorce. But staying together can be even worse, particularly for the children. The bickering and arguments are disruptive on everyone’s life, particularly on the children. Unwinding the relationship and providing for the future dealings is difficult, but using the services of one of our caring and sensitive Chicago divorce lawyers in the process could make it easier and less expensive.

Prenups Solve Lots of Problems

The best thing to help get through the difficulties of a divorce is take the recommendations we give our business clients -- have an agreement signed before getting married will solve a lot of anguish. A well drafted Prenuptial Agreement is legally enforceable. It is like any other business contract. But it takes an experienced lawyer to help gather up all of the information and insure that all of the details needed are included to make it enforceable.

Prenups could cover many issues. Prenups can provide for spousal support (alimony) – even limiting or waiving support. Prenups should provide for the division of property – who gets what and how. Prenups cannot control issues regarding the children such as custody or the amount of support. Those terms must be approved by the court.

But prenups can be attacked if not properly drafted. A judge can throw it out if all of the formalities are not carefully followed. That is why we strongly urge people to seek qualified and experienced counsel in preparing a prenup.

When divorce looms as the only option, then people should seek the counsel of lawyers who are experienced and sensitive to the needs of the family as a whole, and in particular that means the children. The Chicago divorce lawyers of Bellas & Wachowski Attorneys at Law are caring and sensitive to the plights of divorcing parents and their children. We have assisted our business clients in getting thru the difficult and complex problems associated with divorce. Our familiarity with business law, business valuations and business structures have helped our clients maintain the integrity of their business in a divorce and thus help everyone preserve the asset that provides an income for the welfare of the children.

For more information about our pre-marital planning services and our divorce services, contact Attorney Misty Cygan at 847.823.9030 Ext: 234 or misty@bellas-wachowski.com.

Uncontested Divorces

In today’s economy, couples who have agreed that staying together is not the best option are quickly realizing that the sooner they can agree on things, the cheaper it will be to get a divorce. If you want to keep your money, instead of wasting on attorneys’ fees and arguing in court, then an uncontested divorce may be your best option.

What is an uncontested divorce? It means that you can quickly and affordably get divorced because you and your spouse agree on how things should be divided – these such as your furniture, cars, checking and saving accounts. And, the best part is that it can be accomplished relatively quickly. You can be divorced in weeks!

With an uncontested divorce, you don’t waste your time and money litigating, but you still get legal representation and legal advice to make sure your rights are being protected.

Our firm handles uncontested divorces for a flat fee, so there’s no surprise bill! The amount depends on the complexities of your agreement and provisions for the children. If you and your spouse wish to amicably part ways and move on with your lives with an uncontested divorce, please contact Chicago divorce attorney Misty J. Cygan at 847.823.9030 Ext: 234 or misty@bellas-wachowski.com.