Family Law With A Personal Touch In The Chicago Area Since 1978
Highly-Skilled Property Division Attorneys
It is never enough to rely on the so-called fair property settlement that your spouse proposes or to trust your property division case in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer. Having a skilled and experienced attorney representing your interests in divorce is vital to your future.
At The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab, our founding lawyer has more than 40 years of experience guiding clients through every aspect of the equitable division process. Serving clients in Chicago and throughout the surrounding Illinois areas, he has successfully handled cases involving millions of dollars in assets.
Often, an actuary assists by evaluating financial aspects of a marital estate, including stocks and real estate, as well as the marital residence and all other marital property. Mr. Schwab is accustomed to evaluating the overall financial picture while representing and advising husbands or wives who are in the process of divorce or marital separation. As an experienced investor, he is confident and precise as he evaluates tax returns and other financial documents, and he has a wealth of experience handling complex property division matters.
What Is Part Of The Marital Estate?
Subject to a few exceptions, the marital estate consists of assets that were acquired during the marriage. Recent changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act now close the marital estate at the time the divorce is filed.
Property Division Basics In Illinois
In Illinois, before a divorce case goes to trial, the couple must attend a pretrial conference with a family court judge. The judge will often suggest ways to resolve differences before the trial. If a settlement cannot be reached through negotiation or other alternative dispute resolution methods, then trial is the only means by which the divorce can be accomplished.
Attorney Van A. Schwab is experienced handling all types of negotiation and litigation involved with the division of assets and debts.
Dividing Businesses, Retirement Accounts And More
The overall financial picture of a divorcing couple may include complicating factors such as home equity, retirement accounts, bank accounts, taxes, private school tuition, inheritances, proposed spousal support and anticipated liabilities related to health needs.
In addition to the financial assets, our firm also assists pet owners in obtaining satisfactory custody arrangements.
Begin Protecting Your Future
To learn more about the property division process in Illinois and how our firm can help protect your future, please call us at 312-702-1745 (in Chicago) or 847-616-2425 (in Skokie, Deerfield or Libertyville). You can also email us to schedule an appointment.