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Compassionate Advocacy in Family Law: Your Path to Peace of Mind

Navigating the complex and emotionally challenging terrain of family law can be one of the most trying experiences of your life. In these times of heightened emotions and uncertainty, making rational decisions can seem almost impossible. At Besserman Law, we understand the overwhelming nature of family law matters, and we are here to provide you with the guidance and support you need.

Our commitment to your well-being runs deep, and our dedicated team is driven by a genuine desire to protect your interests and secure justice on your behalf. Whether you're suddenly facing a divorce, annulment, adoption, child support dispute, or custody battle, Besserman Law is the partner you can trust to advocate for you. Don't go through this challenging journey alone – contact Besserman Law today.

Deborah Besserman, our esteemed attorney, boasts a proven track record of successfully handling and settling cases across various aspects of family law. Her expertise encompasses Family Law, Adoption, Custody, Divorce, Guardianships, Premarital Agreements, and Spousal Support. When you choose Besserman Law, you're choosing an advocate who will tirelessly fight to ensure you receive the compensation and resolution you rightfully deserve.

To get started, please reach out to us at (618) 656-2122 or fill out our contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We understand that you may have concerns about the consultation fee, but please be assured that this fee will be credited toward your retainer should you choose to retain Besserman Law Office.

If you find yourself grappling with questions regarding divorce, child support, alimony/maintenance, or child custody, Deborah is here to provide you with expert guidance. Going through a divorce is never easy, but with Besserman Law by your side, you can count on strong, compassionate legal support for you and your family.

Don't hesitate to call us at (618) 656-2122 or reach out to us online to arrange your initial consultation. At Besserman Law Office, we understand the challenges you're facing, and we're here to provide you with the assistance and peace of mind you need during this difficult time.

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Your Guide to Navigating the Divorce Process: Understanding Requirements, Property Division, Alimony, Child Support, and More

Getting a divorce can be a complex legal process, and the specific requirements and outcomes can vary depending on your jurisdiction and individual circumstances. Here are some general answers to your questions, but it's crucial to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in your area for precise guidance:

1. Requirements for Divorce:

Most jurisdictions require a residency requirement, meaning you or your spouse must have lived in the state or county for a certain period before filing for divorce.


Grounds for divorce: Depending on your jurisdiction, you may need to state a reason for the divorce, such as irreconcilable differences, adultery, abandonment, cruelty, or other legal grounds.

2. Filing for Divorce:
To initiate the divorce process, you typically need to file a divorce petition or complaint in the appropriate court in your jurisdiction. This document outlines the reasons for the divorce, your desired outcome regarding property, child custody, and support, and other relevant details.

3. Property Division:

Property division laws vary by jurisdiction. In some states, it follows the principle of equitable distribution, where assets are divided fairly but not necessarily equally. In others, it may be community property, where assets acquired during the marriage are generally split 50/50.
The court will consider factors like the length of the marriage, each spouse's contributions, and their financial circumstances when dividing property.

4. Spousal Support (Alimony):

Whether spousal support is awarded, how much, and for how long depends on various factors, including the length of the marriage, each spouse's financial situation, and their ability to support themselves.

Courts may consider factors such as the recipient's financial need, the payer's ability to pay, and the standard of living during the marriage when determining alimony.

5. Child Support:

Child support is typically determined based on state guidelines, taking into account factors like each parent's income, the child's needs, and custody arrangements.

If your child lives primarily with you, you may be entitled to receive child support from the other parent to help cover the child's expenses.

6. Health Insurance Coverage:

The issue of health insurance coverage for your spouse and children during a divorce can vary depending on your specific circumstances, state laws, and any existing court orders.

It's essential to consult with your attorney to understand your rights and responsibilities regarding health insurance coverage during and after the divorce process.

Please keep in mind that divorce laws can be complex and can differ significantly from one jurisdiction to another. It's highly advisable to consult with a qualified family law attorney in your area to navigate the divorce process successfully and receive personalized guidance based on your unique situation.

Expert Legal Guidance for Common Family Law Challenges: Your Roadmap to Resolution

These are indeed some of the most common legal issues that people seek assistance with, especially in the realm of family law. If you're facing any of these issues, it's essential to consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in the respective area to ensure you receive the appropriate legal guidance and support tailored to your specific circumstances. Here's a brief overview of each:

1. Appeals: This involves challenging a decision made in a lower court, seeking a review or reversal of the judgment.

2. Child Custody: Determining legal and physical custody arrangements for children when parents are divorcing or separating.

3. Child Support: Establishing financial support for a child, often based on state guidelines and the income of both parents.

4. Civil Unions: Legal matters related to civil unions or domestic partnerships, including dissolution and associated rights and responsibilities.

5. Divorce/Dissolution of Marriage: The legal process of ending a marriage, which may include property division, alimony, and child custody and support determinations.

6. Domestic Violence and Order of Protection: Seeking legal protection and restraining orders against abusive or threatening individuals.

7. Litigation in Trial Courts: Handling disputes that require legal action and resolution in court through a trial process.

8. Maintenance and Alimony: Determining whether one spouse is entitled to financial support from the other spouse after a divorce or separation.

9. Mediation: Resolving disputes outside of court through a neutral third-party mediator who facilitates communication and negotiation.

10. Retirement Plans and Benefits: Addressing issues related to the division of retirement assets and benefits, such as pensions, 401(k)s, and IRAs, during divorce.

11. Visitation Rights: Establishing and enforcing the rights of non-custodial parents to spend time with their children, including visitation schedules.

Each of these legal matters requires careful consideration of applicable laws, procedures, and your unique circumstances. Consulting with an experienced attorney specializing in the specific area of your concern can help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights and interests effectively.

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Our offices in Missouri and Illinois are conveniently located. Divorce laws differ according to the jurisdiction. Having in-depth knowledge of the local statutes in their region, our attorneys are prepared to assist you in dealing with any family law issue.
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A divorce or legal process begins with the initial consultation with your attorney. The hour will be devoted to answering specific questions and drafting goals for your case. You can expect your attorney to outline a strategy that has the best chance of success based on the information you provide.
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Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ) of Divorce

Do we Need To Wait Before we File for a No-Fault Divorce?

Not always. In the case, you as well as your spouse, have lived apart for a continuous period of at least six months before admission of the divorce judgment, the two-year separation requirement could be waived, but only if you both consent in writing to do this. In case the two of you cannot consent, then you will have to satisfy the 2-year condition.

Do you know the Important Legal Problems in a Divorce?

The important problems that commonly come up in divorce cases are property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. Partners can enter into an agreement, property settlement agreement or divorce agreement, to resolve all or a number of the problems presented by their divorce case. This agreement, and, in particular, any arrangements regarding child custody and child support, will need court acceptance. They will have to fight it out in court where a judge will determine for them under the principles of Illinois law if spouses can not agree on any of the problems.

What’s a Legal Separation?

If you are living separate and apart from your spouse, you can petition a court to allow you a legal separation and fair support or alimony. Either spouse will not be prevented by a ruling for legal separation from filing for divorce after. 

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At Besserman Law, we understand that family and divorce matters can be challenging and emotionally draining. Our experienced team is here to provide you with compassionate, professional legal support every step of the way.
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