The breakdown of a marital relationship can be an unbelievably difficult and emotional process. It can be a miserable experience. The Crosby Law Firm is dedicated to reducing your stress and minimizing your misery. When possible, we will help you problem solve with a diplomatic and low-key approach. However, if your spouse is combative, rest assured that we are be prepared to take the action necessary so that you and your children are protected physically, emotionally, and financially.
Many times people try and handle divorce or family law matters without the assistance of an attorney. But taking on your own case can cause stress to you and your family in complicated court filings, confusing court orders, and possibly even a loss of your rights.
At The Crosby Law Firm, we want to help relieve the stress that accompanies these delicate matters. Our attorneys will make sure that your children, your rights, and your assets are protected. We are here to make sure that the stress and pain of divorce don’t ruin your life or cost you precious time with your children. Contact us today and we can help you navigate through these difficult issues.
A divorce can affect many areas of your life. It is important to have an experienced family law attorney guiding you through the process. In analyzing your case and in diagnosing your issues, we will focus on five major criteria. The five criteria that most individuals confront regarding a divorce are:
1. Your Children are the most important thing in a divorce. We can help with:
2. Property settlement issues (How do you fairly and equitably divide marital assets and debts such as real estate, retirement accounts, household personal property, cars, credit card debt, etc.?)
3. Maintenance/Alimony (Are you or your spouse a candidate for alimony or maintenance?)
4. Attorneys fees and related costs (Who pays for the legal fees and costs connected to your divorce? How much will it cost? How long will it take?)
5. Interim issues (From the moment the divorce begins, until it ends ... how do your and your spouse conduct yourselves in the interim, while the case is pending? What are the rules of the road while your divorce case is pending? Who gets to live in the house while your divorce is pending? Who makes the house payment while your divorce case is pending? Who's going to have custody of the children while your divorce case is pending?)
Most of our clients are interested in early dispute resolution, conflict avoidance, and cost-effectiveness. Rest assured, that The Crosby Law Firm and its lawyers and staff are sensitive to these issues and your objectives and desires.
Collaborative divorce, also called uncontested divorce, is becoming a more and more common alternative to the emotionally charged divorce that means high legal fees and lengthy court battles. An uncontested divorce is an excellent way to keep your lawyers' fees down. It does mean a little more work and effort on your part.
Divorcing couples can choose to mediate all of the issues that surround a divorce, including:
If you are willing to sit down face-to-face with your spouse, mediation is a lower-cost opportunity to create your own settlement within the limits of the law. Te Crosby Law Firm can help.
Mediation means that you are paying only one attorney-mediator to help you work through your divorce and create a final, legal document. It also means you avoid court action, which generally involves two attorneys and can mean delays. Mediation generally means a more amicable workout of co-parenting time, as well. Our attorneys have helped hundreds of divorcing couples through mediation, and are fully knowledgeable about the family court rules and governing laws of Illinois. You and your spouse should interview prospective mediators together, and our first consultation is free.
You will be discussing some of the most intimate details of your family, so, as a couple, you need to choose a mediator you are comfortable talking with.
In the Rockford area, divorce rates are on par with national rates. In other words, there are a lot of blended families, who may need help with support and custody issues, as well as modifications to those. If you are in need of a stepchild adoption we can assist you with that as well. If you recieve or want to recieve child support, the state of Illinois has developed guidelines. These guidelines are a good starting point, but a case can be made for deviations from these guidelines and a good lawyer can help make sure that your children are provided for fairly.
As your children grow, as your career changes, and as you meet someone new, you may need to make some post divorce decree modifications. Even within the first year of divorce, you may find yourself in need of modifications. Even if we did not handle your original divorce decree, we can help you modify it to make it legal and enforceable. With paternity cases a child custody attorney can make a big difference if you want support for your child, or you want to establish parentage and visitation with your child.
The Crosby Law Firm devotes a significant amount of it's law practice to divorce and other family law matters. When representing you in connection with this matter please remember that our legal fees may be paid through a payment plan, and for your convenience we also accept MasterCard, Visa, and Discover Card.
Please view our Divorce and Family Law related blogs below.
In towns on the border of Illinois there is a growing problem for a custodial parent to leave the state with their children, regardless of how close the bordering towns will be. The main concern with the law is that one must obtain a court order in order to move from say Rockford to Beloit; yet they would not need one to move from Rockford to Springfield, IL, despite the amazing difference in proximity.
The relationship between grandparent and grandchild is a unique one. The love and care shared between the two can be, at times, unmatched and the willingness and ability of the grandparent to care for the child can be even greater than that of the child's parents. But what legal rights do these grandparents have? How, if necessary, can they obtain custody of these grandchildren when one or both of the child’s parents dies or refuses take care of the child? These questions have been tricky ones to answer for the State of Illinois.
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At THE CROSBY LAW FIRM, we provide legal services to clients in Rockford, Illinois, as well as the cities of Loves Park, Machesney Park, Cherry Valley, Winnebago, South Beloit, Belvidere, Marengo, Oregon, Byron, Stillman Valley, Freeport, Rockton, Roscoe, Beloit and Janesville in the Illinois counties of Winnebago County, Boone County, Ogle County, Stephenson County and DeKalb County; and in the Wisconsin County of Rock, which includes the cities of Beloit, Janesville.