Illinois Divorce Lawyers Practicing All Areas of Family Law: Divorce, Parenting Time, Paternity, Guardianship, Adoption

The law has a stake in our identities and family relationships from cradle to grave. From the moment we are issued a birth certificate, society spells out our legal rights and responsibilities as family members. At times of family change, such as marriage, divorce, or adoption, people often turn to a family law attorney for legal protection, guidance, and to facilitate transactions such as guardianships.

At the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern, our attorneys are knowledgeable, experienced, and compassionate. Most of all, we are committed to putting children’s and families’ well-being at the forefront of our law practice. We handle Illinois family law matters and other legal matters, including the following:

Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements: Before marriage, or at any time during a marriage, a couple can make their own contract or agreement spelling out how they will divide property in the event of a divorce and how they will manage assets during a marriage.

Divorce: All divorces must address the question of property division. Where there are children involved, a divorce becomes even more complex. Now parents must consider “parenting plans”, “parenting time”, and “parental responsibilities” as well as issues regarding child support and child support orders. Our Illinois divorce lawyers will help you navigate all of the divorce procedures correctly and can help you amicably resolve high conflict and high-net-worth divorce actions smoothly and efficiently.

Allocation of Parental Rights and Parenting Time: Parental responsibilities are just as important as parental rights when it comes to decision-making and parenting time with children during and after a divorce, or when unmarried parents separate. We can help you work out parenting time that fit your family dynamic.

Child support: State guidelines generally spell out how child support will be calculated according to the income of the non-residential (or noncustodial) parent.

Property division/spousal support: Property division and spousal support are often considered in relationship to each other. A dependent spouse may agree to accept property in lieu of spousal maintenance or alimony, for example. Since January 1, 2015, the law on spousal support has changed and is now formulaic.

Property division FAQs: There are many questions to answer regarding property division for people approaching divorce. Talk to an experienced attorney for personalized advice and representation.
Paternity: A child’s father may be legally determined through legal action and through DNA testing when the parents are not married to each other.

Adoption: By way of adoption, a child is transferred to a new family line with all the rights of a natural-born child of that family.

Mediation and collaborative law: In mediation (facilitated by a neutral mediator) or in collaborative four-way meetings (including a divorcing couple and each person’s lawyer), couples can control and guide their own property settlement and parenting time plans without harmful contentious litigation.

Conflict resolution: While divorce is almost never a happy event, the legal process of divorce can be handled in less adversarial ways than through traditional litigation.

Collaborative law: In collaborative law settings, divorcing spouses and their respective attorneys craft divorce settlement agreements in private and in accordance with the parties’ personal timelines.

Grandparents’ rights: There are a number of legal ways in which a grandparent can strengthen or solidify bonds with − and responsibilities for − a grandchild.

Juvenile law: Whether your teenager is arrested for assault or you must defend yourself as a parent against unfounded accusations of abuse and neglect, contact a lawyer at the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern.

DCFS: If you are notified of an investigation or your child is part of an investigation as a victim or as the accused, it is critical that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible before anyone from DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) interviews you. Contact a lawyer as soon as you have been notified of an investigation.

Traffic tickets: A speeding ticket is not simply a minor technicality to be resolved by paying a fine, especially for teenage drivers under the age of 21. It is usually worth your while to enlist the assistance of an attorney to help the young driver obtain the least punitive outcome and to prevent a driver’s license suspension or higher auto insurance rates.

Child and Adult Guardianship: When a child’s parents cannot or will not care for a child for any reason, the court may appoint a guardian, such as a grandparent, other relative, or friend of the family, to take legal responsibility for the child. Also, if an adult is disabled and unable to manage his or her personal or financial affairs, a guardianship may be appropriate.

To schedule a consultation with one of our Illinois divorce lawyers regarding any legal matter affecting your children or your family, call or email the Law Offices of Laura M. Urbik Kern. From our Elmhurst location, we assist family law clients throughout the state in resolving complex divorce and parenting time cases.