Dividing Marital Assets and Debts in Illinois

When going through a divorce, one of the biggest fears people have is that they will not get their fair share of personal and other property. The Chicago family law attorneys of Lois Kulinsky & Associates, Ltd., have more than 45 years of combined experience helping thousands of people throughout Illinois achieve a fair division of property during their divorce.

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We know you want to protect your assets, not spend them. Our fees are affordable and designed to fit your budget, and you can pay with credit card or through an installment plan. By working as a team, we maximize every dollar.

Marital Property vs. Non-Marital Property

One of the most common misunderstandings of property division is the difference between marital property and non-marital property. Non-marital property is not subject to division according to marital asset division law. Marital property is. Non-marital property includes assets accumulated prior to marriage, as well as inheritances and gifts that have not been combined with marital property. Marital property includes assets and wages accumulated during marriage.

The challenge is that non-marital assets are frequently combined with marital assets. For example, a house might have been purchased prior to marriage, but payments were then made by both spouses with wages earned during the marriage. We have the experience to sort out non-marital and marital property.

How Marital Property Is Divided in an Illinois Divorce

Illinois law does not require a 50-50 division of property. Instead, all factors need to be looked at, including child custody arrangements. Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, may also factor into how property is divided. For example, if more property is awarded to one spouse than the other, a lower amount of alimony may be awarded with the larger amount of property. The key is that property division should be fair, and we are here to achieve that goal.

Learn more about property division by reviewing the resources offered on this website, including a family law FAQ and many family law articles written by our attorneys.

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Contact us online to set up a free, half-hour consultation with one of our divorce lawyers about dividing your marital assets and debt. Or, call our main office in Wheeling and Buffalo Grove at 847-459-4448 or our secondary office in Libertyville at 847-281-0200. We offer reasonable rates and work as a team to keep your costs down. Credit cards and installment plans are accepted.