The end of a marriage comes with a lot of unknowns. As you embrace your newfound freedom, there can be misgivings concerning your future. Will you be financially stable? Are your assets protected? How will the marital property be divided? Especially if you have children, making sure the separation is fair, equitable and smooth is important.In situations like these, you need a dedicated lawyer on your side. As a solo practice family attorney, I work one-on-one with every client to ensure that you have the support and information you need to make the best decisions for you and your family. I can help with:

  • Child support
  • Custody
  • Visitation
  • Spousal support and maintenance
  • Property division

Protecting Fathers’ Rights

Research shows that it is not only fair but healthy for fathers to take an active role in parenting especially after a divorce. In 2016, legislators passed a new statute that was intended to level the playing field when it comes to parenting time. The intent is to do away with the “every other weekend dad” that has been the tradition for years, and it is quite likely today that fathers can have parenting time ranging from every other weekend, to 50-50 or even full custody.

Earlier Rather Than Later For Legal Help

Research also shows that it is more beneficial to bring an attorney into your case earlier rather than later. This is because there are a few crucial decisions that need to be made and time-sensitive documents that need to be accurately filed. When it comes to family law issues, you don’t always get a second chance. This is especially true of alimony or spousal support. If this is waived initially you can’t go back and ask for that later on. If you are a homemaker and verbally agree to get a payment but never get it without it having been officially filed, you may never receive it.

Going Back To Court For Changes

While it is possible to make modifications you can only do so pursuant to the statute,which means every two years. It is therefore best to get agreements in writing in very specific and detailed language that will protect everybody involved, even in amicable divorces.

Getting Divorced In A No-Fault State

We are a “No-fault” state. This essentially means that the court doesn’t care why you got divorced. There are however, two types of divorces:

  • Uncontested divorce — This is where you and your spouse agree to everything. It can be a smooth process: file the paperwork, sign off, have one court appearance, and your divorce is done.
  • Contested divorce — This is a case where you and your spouse do not agree on the terms; this can include custody, visitation, property and financial accounts.
  • If you are charged with domestic assault and need legal guidance, I can help you understand the charges, what is at stake and how I can help.

Get Started Today

A new start is possible. Having an established legal professional working with you every step of the way can ensure the best possible outcome now and for the future. Call me, attorney Brandon C. Mayberry today for a consultation. Call 618-364-8756. Or contact me through email.

Located in Marion, Illinois, at Brandon C. Mayberry Law Offices, I represent clients throughout Jackson County, Williamson County and the surrounding area.