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.
Tools, Forms and Links
Note: Most forms require that Adobe Reader Software is downloaded on your computer. Click HERE to download Adobe PDF reader.
Court-approved Financial Affidavit - This is the starting point for many judges when looking at a case and is often the first document 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.
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 does not yet have a state-wide approved withholding order and your specific county may have something different. This is the federally approved form with instructions.
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 you present tax assumptions OR you must 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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