Experienced Chicago Family Lawyers Assert Your Rights
Illinois attorneys provide tireless advocacy for divorce, child support, and property division
Family law cases have lasting consequences, especially when children are involved. That’s why it is imperative to seek skilled counsel from a knowledgeable family lawyer. The attorneys at The Muller Firm, Ltd. combine decades of experience representing clients throughout the greater Chicago area in a full spectrum of family law matters. Since 1990, we have helped the people we represent navigate divorce and resolve alimony, property division, child custody and support, and other issues. When you hire us, you can count on receiving personal attention dedicated to pursuing your best interests, now and through the future.
Proven advocates guide clients through divorce in Illinois
Divorces can be contentious, but they don’t have to be long, drawn-out court battles. In Illinois, joint simplified dissolution of marriage is an uncontested divorce process that allows people to efficiently end their marriages without litigation. This streamlined divorce option is available in certain situations where spouses have no children and can agree on key issues such as dividing assets and determining alimony, known as maintenance. Although divorcing spouses may not initially agree on these issues, our experienced family lawyers can help negotiate agreements that give clients the power to decide important issues for themselves rather than leaving them up to a judge. If your breakup is highly contentious, however, we won’t hesitate to represent you vigorously in litigation.
Skilled counselors assist with child custody and visitation
The goal in any child custody case is determining the best interests of the children involved. In Illinois, parents can seek joint (shared) or sole legal custody, which is the right to make important decisions about the child’s welfare, and joint or sole physical custody, which determines where the child lives. State courts prefer parents to share legal custody whenever possible, unless a parent poses a risk to the child’s welfare. We are smart, tough lawyers who will advocate for you and your child in custody determinations and assist with fair visitation agreements for noncustodial parents so they can remain an important part of their children’s lives.
Experienced family lawyers advise on child support
Both parents are required to support their children whether parents are married or not. Child support is most often paid by the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent to ensure children’s financial welfare. Courts determine child support amounts based on state guidelines, but they may also take into account factors such as the financial needs of the child, the financial responsibilities and needs of both parents, and the standard of living the child would have had if not for the divorce. We represent clients seeking support as well as those who must pay it and also assist with child support modifications when changed circumstances warrant it.
Knowledgeable advisers assist with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
It’s a common misconception that only wealthy couples need prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, but these contracts agreed to by both parties can benefit all couples who want financial security in the event their marriage ends. Our attorneys draft agreements that specify each person’s assets and property rights so that clients can have peace of mind about the future.
Tenacious attorneys protect clients’ rights in property division
Deciding who gets what in a divorce can be one of the most contentious issues couples face. Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means that courts will divide marital property in a way they deem equitable, though not necessarily a 50-50 split. We will assert your rights in property division and ensure the court has an accurate appraisal of those assets that are part of the marital estate and those that are separate property.
Consult a skilled Chicago family law firm for an initial consultation
If you are considering a divorce or facing other family law issues in Illinois, the Chicago family law attorneys at The Muller Firm, Ltd. can help. Call us at 312-467-6700 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an attorney in our Chicago office.