Property Division Attorney

Illinois is an equitable division state, which means family courts attempt to divide marital property according to what is fair, not necessarily what is exactly equal. Fairness in these cases has a loose definition. While many divorcing couples initially try to justify their property division goals by bringing up instances of marital misconduct (i.e., adultery), the court, is not concerned with these details.

Courts will primarily consider information such as:

  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements that outline how property should be divided
  • How much each individual contributed to the marriage financially, through employment income, investment decisions, acquisition of property, etc.
  • How much a homemaker contributed by caring for children, maintaining the family home and otherwise fostering a stable partnership
  • What kinds of assets and debts each individual holds independently versus those held together
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • Which individual may be better suited to take on property and the expenses associated with it (e.g., would the party that stayed at home be able to financially support mortgage payments and property taxes for that home after the divorce is final?)
  • Spousal support payments that will be made to accommodate standards of living that one spouse may struggle to uphold due to employment issues or sacrifices made during the marriage

Helping You Through Settlement Negotiations And Aggressive Arguments In Court

At Steele Law Offices, LLC, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, we are strong advocates for our clients, but we are always careful to facilitate cooperative decision making when possible.

With more than 20 years of experience as an Illinois divorce lawyer Randall P. Steele knows when to push for better offers, when to stand up and defend our clients in court, and when to negotiate a settlement. He can help you understand your rights and make decisions that give you the best opportunity for a favorable outcome.

Contact an experienced property division attorney at Steele Law Offices, LLC, online or by telephone at 618-288-9591 to arrange a consultation. We can make sure your rights are protected.