ike most major life changes, divorce can be a tremendously stressful experience. It affects finances, living arrangements, household jobs, schedules and more. If the family includes children, they may be deeply affected.
Marriett Legal is always ready to listen to you. We'll help you work through your divorce in a sensitive matter. When you meet with Rockford-based lawyer Marriett Legal, we will take the time to learn why you are pursuing divorce. We do this because it allows us to identify your needs, so that we may structure our legal strategy around meeting these needs.
To schedule a free initial consultation with an skilled divorce attorney, email us by clicking here or call us at (815) 391-0089. We serve clients in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Winnebago County and all surrounding counties.
A contested divorce can take years to resolve, while an uncontested divorce can still present unforeseen complications. By enlisting the services of an experienced family law lawyer, you can help ensure that every step you take will be a step in the right direction. At Marriett Legal, we are committed to helping you through the process efficiently, effectively, and at a reasonable price.
We are committed to providing you with straightforward, honest guidance. While the process of divorce can seem complicated, our goal is to draw you a roadmap so that you can see the legal path laid out in front of you. We want you to be aware of the steps that you will have to take and the decisions that you will have to make.
Marriett Legal will fight to see that your marital property division is fair. In Illinois this standard is called an “equitable distribution” of marital assets. Prior to anything being filed in your divorce, we will have a consultation and determine what your goals and non-negotiable areas are for the divorce. This will give us a good strategy going forward of what we treat as very important, and what we can barter with to the other side. If you want an attorney that will treat you as a person and not as just another case, you will want to retain my office. You will have my personal cell phone number throughout the pendency of your case, and I am experienced family law attorney so you can rest easy knowing that my office will be representing your best interests.
Property division in Illinois is governed by 750 ILCS 5/503. There are two basic kinds of property in Illinois, marital and non-marital. Marital property is generally considered property that is obtained by the parties during the course of the marriage. If the parties get married and then buy a house to live in, that house is generally considered marital property. The court will divide marital property up equitably. Equitable, does not mean equal or even 50%, it means “fair”. What an equitable division is depends on your specific situation. If you are a doctor and your spouse stays at home raising your kids, that does not mean that you get to keep 100% of the familial assets. However what it does mean is that you will want a competent attorney that can represent your interests, that knows the ins and outs of the Illinois Family Law statutes, so that when you divorce is settled you are in as good of a position as possible.
Non-marital property on the other hand is property acquired prior to the marriage, or property acquired through gifts or inheritance. Non-marital property is not generally divided by the court. Non-marital property can be converted to marital property if marital property is used to increase the value. (For example you have a vacation house you inherit but you use your salary from work to put a new roof on the vacation house). If a house bought before the marriage has a mortgage that is paid off with marital property, the house may have converted to marital property or be subject to reimbursement of the marital portion.
Marriett Legal strives to settle with favorable terms before trial. Contact attorney Marriett Legal's office at (815) 391-0089 to schedule your free consultation about your divorce case, or use the contact form above or to the right to receive a prompt response within 24 hours.