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Litigation is the most traditional route—and the most expensive and time-consuming. You and your spouse usually hire divorce attorneys and duke it out until a settlement is reached, either by you or a judge. That said, litigation doesn’t mean you’re definitely going to wind up in court, and, in fact, most cases don’t go to trial. “They settle at some point," says Newman. "It’s just a question of when and how much you’re going to spend.” But you can go to court, maybe even a few times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael can help you evaluate your particular situation and guide you through the process that can lead to a successful legal separation. In many ways, legal separation is similar to a divorce. Custody/parenting time, child support, spousal support, and division of assets and debts are all issues that are similarly dealt with in legal separations and in divorce cases. Consult with Omaha legal separation attorney James Adams, and discover your options, benefits and the process of pursuing your goals in Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

If parents cannot reach an agreement through their attorneys and/or mediation, the judge will decide the custody arrangement based on various criteria, including:

 

    The mental and physical health of both parents.
    The child’s relationship with both parents.
    The child’s wishes if he or she is mature enough to make an informed decision.
    The wishes of both parents.
    The safety, stability and future opportunities offered by each parent.


In most cases, Illinois judges typically favor a joint custody arrangement where both parents take an active role in raising their children.

 

In cases involving children, Michael believes that the emotional costs involved in trial for you and your children often outweigh the benefits of going to trial. In many cases, our child custody and support clients are able to reach an agreement with Michaels' guidance and support. If not, Michael will fight for you in court.