DuPage County Family Law Attorneys
Our divorce and family law attorneys at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC have extensive experience helping our clients navigate the process of divorce. Our attorneys have decades of experience practicing divorce and family law, and we are known throughout DuPage County for our integrity and dedication to keeping costs reasonable and crafting settlements in favor of our clients. When you consult one of our divorce lawyers at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC, we will thoroughly discuss the legal procedures, your options, and the costs of divorce. We want you to be knowledgeable about the process and comfortable with us as your attorneys during this difficult time. Contact an experienced and compassionate divorce attorney at Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC or call our office at 630-665-7300.
Our divorce and family law attorneys provide vigorous and skilled representation to clients in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, including Wheaton, Naperville, Oak Brook, and Carol Stream. We serve clients throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Kendall County.
Family Law Overview
Family law addresses relationships between multiple different types of family members, as well as people who may be connected through other types of interpersonal relationships, such as parents who share one or more children. Family courts may address legal disputes or other issues that are related to familial relationships.
Making the decision to get a divorce can be one of the most important and emotional choices you will ever make. The process is often more difficult and more emotionally charged when children are involved. An experienced family law attorney from our firm can help you approach the emotional, financial, and legal matters involved in a divorce in a rational manner.
In Illinois there are clearly defined guidelines for child support, and courts take the enforcement of child support orders seriously. It is often helpful to consult with an experienced child support attorney to learn your rights as you address these matters. Whether you are the person receiving support or the person making payments, you will want to be sure child support orders are establshed correctly that will cover your children's onging needs, including their basic daily expenses and additional costs related to education, child care, medical treatment, or extracurricular activities.
Custody and Visitation
For parents, many of the most important issues to address during a divorce case will involve their children. It is important to ensure that parents will be able to have strong, ongoing relationships with their children, and children's best interests should be protected in any decisions that are made. While parents may do their best to reach agreements regarding child custody, there are some cases where disputes may not be able to be resolved amicably. If necessary, a trial may be held, and a judge may determine how outstanding issues will be resolved. Our skilled attorneys work to help our clients resolve conflicts related to these issues. We take steps to ensure that children's best interests are protected as parents negotiate parenting plans.
In some cases, couples may fail to realize that marriage is a legal agreement between two adults that functions in a similar manner as a contract. Before getting married, couples should be sure to understand their rights and obligations and the issues that may affect them, their property, and their finances in the future. Consulting with a family law attorney prior to marriage can provide a better understanding of these issues, and it can help couples determine whether they should take steps to protect themselves or plan for the possibility of divorce. We can provide guidance on whether it may be beneficial to create a prenuptial agreement or address other legal concerns prior to becoming legally married to your partner.
An adoption involves someone other than a child's biological parent being declared as the child's legal parent. Adoption cases require court approval, and before a child may be legally adopted, a home study will need to be performed to ensure that they parent is fit and capable of providing the necessary care. We can assist with multiple types of adoptions, including step-parent adoptions, international adoptions, and foster child adoptions.
Family Law Resource Links
American Bar Association - Family Law Section
The website for the ABA's Section of Family Law is designed for general use by the public. It contains tables and summaries addressing differences in state laws and requirements for divorce, child support, and other important family law issues.
The Legal Information Institute - Family Law
The Legal Information Institute (LII) is known internationally as a leading provider of public legal information. The LII's family law section contains statutes, case law, and articles covering a variety of family law topics.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is the division of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The OCSE is a federal/state/local partnership to help families by promoting family self-sufficiency and child well-being. The OCSE offers services related to locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing support orders, and collecting support payments. The OCSE also offers services for non-custodial parents.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC), the Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
Children's Rights Council
The CRC is a nonprofit devoted to helping kids experience frequent, meaningful, and continuing contact with two parents and extended family that a child would normally have during a marriage.