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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

DuPage County | 630-852-9700

Mokena | 815-727-6144   Oak Park | 708-848-3159

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Elmhurst Divorce Lawyers for Stay at Home Parents

Oak Brook Divorce Lawyers for Stay-at-Home Parents

Attorneys in DuPage County Helping Stay-at-Home Mothers and Fathers in Divorce

A divorce is rarely easy for anyone. For a parent who has stayed at home for a period of time, however, a divorce can be downright devastating. If you have not worked outside the home in a number of years so that you could focus on caring for your children, a divorce might represent an overwhelming new reality. It is understandable that you might be worried about how you will provide for your children and yourself once your spouse is gone.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our attorneys have more than 95 years of combined family law experience. We understand the importance of protecting the rights of stay-at-home parents in the midst of a divorce. Our team provides trusted guidance and experienced representation so that stay-at-home mothers and fathers can find the security they deserve.

Maintenance and Stay-at-Home Parents

Also called alimony, maintenance describes payments that the higher-earning spouse makes to the lower-earning spouse during or after a divorce. Under Illinois law, maintenance is not guaranteed or automatic, and it is only ordered by the court when deemed to be necessary. In most divorces involving a stay-at-home parent, however, maintenance is determined to be appropriate. Your maintenance award will depend on your circumstances, including factors such as how long you were married, the lifestyle that was established, and your ability to get a job in the future. If you have been a stay-at-home parent, maintenance could offer the assistance you need to get back on your feet and to become financially independent once again. Our lawyers will work with you in building a case to get you the help you need as you build your happier new life.

Property Division Attorneys in Oak Brook

Even if you never worked outside the home during your marriage, Illinois law provides that you receive a fair share of the marital property that was accumulated during your marriage. The law explicitly requires the court to consider the contributions of a stay-at-home parent or homemaker when dividing marital property. It is also important to recognize that your spouse will not automatically get a larger share just because he or she earned more than you did.

The lawyers at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. know that it can be tough to determine how to divide marital property during a divorce, especially when one spouse mostly stayed at home. We are equipped to help you find a solution that protects your rights and safeguards your long-term future.

Child-Related Issues for Stay-at-Home Parents

When one parent stays home to raise children, a close relationship between that parent and the children is generally forged. Therefore, a stay-at-home parent is likely to be given the majority of the parenting time with their children and a great deal of decision-making authority in a divorce. The other parent, as a result, will probably be ordered to pay child support. Such arrangements are not automatic, however, and your child will probably be best served by having both parents play an active role in the child's life. Our lawyers will assist you in developing a comprehensive parenting plan that meets your family's unique needs.

Call 630-852-9700 Today

If you are a stay-at-home parent who is considering a divorce, contact our office for guidance. Call 630-852-9700 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation at any of our three locations. Our firm serves clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard, La Grange, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Kane County, and DuPage County.

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