Family Lawyers in Highland Park

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Legal cases can be complicated and frustrating. Legal cases that involve conflicts with your close family members can be downright stressful. When you are facing a family law issue that can’t go ignored any longer, come to the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. in Highland Park for comprehensive legal support.

Our law firm is committed entirely to family law cases and lawsuits, so we are not distracted by other case types. As soon as we begin working on your case, we will give it our full attention and care. We want to make sure that you feel at ease because we know there’s already plenty for you to think about. Let us show you the difference that compassionate legal counsel can make.

Family Law Cases

Family law is the term for legal issues that impact a family and that can be settled in family court. Overall, the topic of family law covers a wide variety of different case types and conflicts. Do you have to talk to many different law firms to find one that can help with your specific family law case? Not if you come to the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. We have extensive experience in many different family law disputes, so you can come to us with virtually any case or concern.

We can help clients with cases that involve:

  • Annulment: If a marriage is ending but it never should have happened in the first place due to a legal issue, then an annulment can make it like the marriage never happened at all.
  • Child custody and visitationFight to hold onto your parental rights after a divorce by letting us help with child custody and visitation disputes.
  • Child support: A fairly created child support order helps ensure that your child remains happy and healthy, no matter what unfolds in your divorce.
  • DivorceEnding an unhappy marriage shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. We would be happy to show you the many benefits that a divorce can bring when it is handled correctly.
  • Fathers’ rights: Family law courts sometimes and unfairly prefer to give mothers parental rights and support, even if it does not make sense for the specific case in question. We fight diligently to make sure your rights as a father are respected and upheld.
  • Grandparent visitation: Grandparents should be allowed to keep seeing their grandchildren after divorce, which is where grandparent visitation rights can become so important.
  • High net worth divorceDeciding on a fair distribution of marital property in a divorce is a challenge, especially when the net worth of that property is significant. We can help you protect the most important items from being unjustly rewarded to your ex-spouse.
  • Legal separation: If you and your spouse think time apart will be healthy but aren’t ready to commit to a divorce, then you should talk to our family lawyers about a legal separation.
  • Military divorce: We know how to best progress a divorce case when one spouse is unavailable due to military service requirements or deployment.
  • Orders of protection: When a family or household member has hurt you or made you feel unsafe, an order of protection might be necessary to keep them away from you. If you are in immediate danger of physical injury from a spouse, family member, or housemate, you should call 911 when it is safe to do so.
  • Paternity: Paternity requests or orders are used to determine who is the biological father of a child when it is unclear for one reason or another. Establishing paternity sometimes coincides with deciding child custody orders.
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements: You can pre-decide how to handle certain aspects of divorce before or after you get married, even if you could never imagine ever wanting to leave your spouse.
  • Property divisionIllinois uses equitable distribution rules for property division, which splits marital assets based on what is fair. A fair division does not always mean an equal one.
  • Same-sex divorce: Our firm proudly offers our legal services to same-sex couples, including same-sex spouses who are now looking for a divorce.

Family Law FAQ

Do I need to hire a family law attorney?

Usually, you are not legally required to hire a family lawyer to represent you throughout your family law case. However, hiring a family law attorney is always a good idea. Hiring a lawyer for your case is similar to hiring a guide for a safari. They are there to help you stay out of trouble and show you the best path ahead.

How much does it cost to hire a family lawyer?

The cost of a family lawyer’s counsel will vary from case to case because the requirements to work on and complete each case are always different. We strive to keep our rates and attorney fees priced fairly. We will make sure you know our costs before you agree to hire us, too, so there are never any surprise fees.

How long will a family law case or lawsuit take?

Just as how the cost of hiring a family law attorney depends on the details of a case, so does the time required to complete a case. Some family law disputes can be settled in a matter of weeks or a few months. Others might take much longer, upwards of a year or years, if it is difficult to meet eye-to-eye with the other party. We always do our best to remove any unnecessary delays from a case, so you won’t feel like your case is dragging on.

Is a legal separation the same as a divorce?

No, a legal separation is not the same as getting a divorce. A divorce officially ends a marriage and decides each spouse’s property and responsibilities after. A legal separation does much of the same thing, but it does not end the marriage. Some people think of a legal separation as a “trial run” for divorce.

Will I have to pay spousal maintenance?

Spousal maintenance is used when the spouse of lesser income will not be able to reasonably afford their lifestyle and take care of themselves after the divorce. Illinois considers each spouse’s income and earning capacity, medical and day-to-day needs, how long the marriage lasted, how each spouse contributed to the marriage, and the typical standard of living during the marriage when deciding if spousal maintenance should be ordered.

How Our Law Firm Can Help

It is no secret that a family law case can be stressful for the entire family. There will be many different things to consider and options to weigh. Also, the legal details that go into the average case can be as confusing as they are important.

The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. can help you with all parts of your family law case, though. When you hire our family law attorneys, we know that you will feel some of the stress of the situation roll right off your shoulders at once. With us by your side, you can get a full understanding of all the legalities of your case and what solutions might be available to you.

In addition to helping remove the stress from your family law case, we are here to take care of each step of it. From filing petitions to representing you in court, we can handle it all. We would be happy to do that for you and your family during this difficult time.

Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel Now

Have questions about a family law case that is weighing on you? Take a step in the right direction by arranging an initial consultation at our Highland Park office. We can sit down with you, discuss the key details of your case, and give you a good idea of what should happen next. From the start to finish, we will keep your best interests and that of your children in the center focus.

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    - Sathya
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    - Clyde
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    - Virginia

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