When people think about divorce one of the questions they almost always get around to asking is who gets to keep the (insert valuable or sentimental item here). Property division is an important consideration in every divorce even if you don't always feel great about bringing it up.
The court has the responsibility to fairly distribute the marital and non-marital property of the spouses. Marital property is generally any items acquired during the marriage. And no, it doesn't matter whose name the property is titled in.
On the other hand, non-marital property is pretty much everything that you owned before you got married.
Keep in mind that a division of property does not necessarily have to be "equal". Courts often make what may at first seem like an unequal distribution based upon the specific circumstances of the marriage. Several factors are taken into account here. Courts generally consider each spouse's contributions to the marriage, both monetary and non-monetary. The ultimate goal is to arrive at a fair solution which takes into account the whole of the marriage.
Division of property is often the most troublesome issue in a divorce proceeding. We will prepare all of the necessary documents as well as continue to assist you through each stage of the process until it is complete.
Contact us online or call us at (815) 338-2040 to schedule your free initial consultation with a Family Law Attorney so that you can learn more about your rights and options. Serving McHenry County, Lake County and Kane County, Illinois (IL).