Welcome to the "Practice Areas" section of our web site. These sections are designed to give you a quick overview of the various areas of law that you might have an interest in or might need to discuss with one of our attorneys. These topic areas are for discussion only and are not legal advice, nor do they create an attorney-client relationship between you and us. These are general statements about the law in Illinois in general. The law itself and its application to your case can be very complex. Please contact our office today for a free initial consultation at one of our three convenient locations by clicking on the Contact Us link above or below, by calling us at (309) 674-5551 or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for visiting our web site.
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
In Illinois, a divorce is called a "Dissolution of Marriage" and is governed by a statute called the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. That statute has been undergoing major changes the last two years and will continue to be changed in the near future. Please make sure you use a qualified attorney, such as those at our office, who is experienced in the family law arena to complete your divorce. Don't use a general practitioner or some attorney that only dabbles in divorce. There is a major difference using a qualified experienced family law attorney.
Overall, however, there are three parts to every divorce case:
- Children Related Issues
- Assets and Debt Distribution
- Income and Expense Issues
Child Related Issues
Obviously taking care of your children is the most important job you have as a parent. It is also the most important job we have as your divorce attorney. We take that job very seriously. Child related issues include custody (now called Allocation of Parental Responsibilities - Parenting Time and Decision-Making), visitation, child support, health insurance, uncovered health care costs, school and extra-curricular expenses, claiming the children on taxes, college expenses, etc. G. Edward Murphy and the teams of attorneys at Murphy & Dunn, P.C. take pride in the job they do in taking care of you and your children and protecting them for you in your dissolution of marriage matter.
Asset and Debt Distribution
Asset and debt distribution is just like it sounds, although it can be very complicated and requires the assistance of skilled legal counsel in this area. The attorney you have will make all the difference in the world in determining what is or is not marital and non-marital property and how to divide same. The numbers we use and how we analyze the assets and debts can make a difference in your settlement by thousands and thousands of dollars. The tax consequences can be huge and need to also be considered. Don't leave your net worth to chance. Hire Attorney G. Edward Murphy and the experienced professionals at Murphy & Dunn, P.C. today.
Income and Expense Issues
Income and Expense issues are child support, maintenance and attorney fees. Those issues are based on each party's relative incomes and the disparity between the two. Once again, choosing the right attorney is key to how much child support or maintenance you will pay or receive, and key to the issue of attorney fees in your case. There are formulas now in place for child support and for maintenance. However, that does not mean the number is easily determined or not subject to dispute. How we analyze your income and the application of that income can make a huge difference in how much you pay or how much you receive. Don't leave those numbers to chance or to an inexperienced attorney. Contact G. Edward Murphy and his team of trial attorneys today.
Please contact our office today for a free initial consultation at one of our three convenient locations by clicking on the Contact Us link above or below, by calling us at (309) 674-5551 or by emailing me at email@example.com.