Below are links to some basic tools for helping you through a divorce. Note: This is for information only. You should contact my office or another attorney to help you with your divorce or other family law matter.
Forms and Links
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2020 Update: June 2020 Court Approved GAL List for Will County
The court has issued a new Guardian ad Litem (GAL) list for Will County. Note that the list of court-approved guardians changes regularly. Also, this list omits the GAL's email address.
Court-approved Financial Affidavit - This is the starting point for most judges when looking at financial issues. It is also the first document most attorneys ask clients to fill out. Follow this link to the court-approved instructions that can help. You may also need an attorney's help in filling it out as far as reporting income and expenses depending on living arrangements
Checklist for an Agreed Case with Children: This is a checklist we developed to help those who are considering an agreed divorce and what basic areas of agreement must be reached between both parents. It is not comprehensive but may be a good start
Best Interest Comparison Sheet:This is a comparison chart we developed to map out the different factors judges use to award or deny parents joint decision-making responsibilities (formerly sole vs. joint custody) compared to the factors allocating parenting time (formerly custody and visitation)
Federal income Withholding Order: Illinois now has a state-wide approved withholding order but your specific county may also have something different. This is the federally approved form with instructions. Note: the federal form is usually used WITH a state or county form so you should get both signed by the judge if you can.
Child Support Calculator/Estimator: in 2017 Illinois child support laws drastically changed. The law now uses an "Income Shares" approach where both parties net incomes are used in place of the old percentage guidelines. Here is a link to the State's Child Support Estimator. NOTE: It does not properly calculate your net income - it either allows to standardized taxes (using preset assumptions) OR you must individualize the taxes and input the net tax amounts. Also it does not help you address issues such as overtime, bonuses, commissions, business income, periods of unemployment, etc. You should consult an attorney before relying on such a basic tool.
State Disbursement Unit Payment Instructions: Most Child Support payments are processed through the State Disbursement Unit - a central clearinghouse for payments of support paid from a paycheck or by a parent to another parent. It removes the risk that proof of payments made directly to a parent are lost or forgotten. It may be combined with spousal maintenance payments BUT where only spousal maintenance is being paid, such payments may need to be paid through the clerk of the court or directly to the former spouse.
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The contents of this website are for advertisement and general information purposes only. You should not act on any of this information until you have consulted with an attorney. Every case is different and so is the advice given.