With all of the decisions that must be made when a couple divorces, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the process. However, the assistance of a knowledgeable, experienced lawyer can make the experience easier.
At The Barhaugh Law Firm, P.C., we provide family law representation in Naperville and the surrounding area. We understand that divorce is difficult for everyone involved, especially children. We strive to help clients find solutions without creating additional stress. If the opposition will not negotiate reasonably, however, we can take your divorce to trial. Please call our office at 630-689-1778 to schedule a free consultation.
We Are Here To Protect Your Rights
In Illinois, a contested divorce can usually be resolved within two years. This time frame can be significantly shortened if the parties can reach an agreement through negotiation or mediation. Attorney Darran Barhaugh is a certified mediator who can either represent you at mediation or serve as a mediator.
We will protect your interests in the equitable division of marital property. This may include the home, vehicles, furnishings, financial accounts and retirement accounts. The marital debts must also be divided. An equitable division means “fair,” not necessarily equal. We have the experience to value your assets and argue to protect your share of them.
If you are entitled to receive or obligated to pay spousal support, we will work to ensure that the support orders are also fair. In general, the court considers the income, assets and earning capability of each party, the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage and the tax consequences of the division of property.
When children are involved, we will protect your parental rights in child custody and child support. Mediation is required for most contested custody cases. However, this does not mean that the case will take years to resolve. Illinois law states that custody should be resolved within 18 months.