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What Are The Parameters of Family Law in Cook County?

Because individual states have their own adoption and marital laws, family law is also controlled by the state. That means that Cook County family law answers to Illinois state law. Interpreting and applying family law can be a difficult task, which is why our team at Nottage and Ward, LLP provides quality family law advice to the citizens of Cook County.

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What Is Family Law?

Family law encompasses any legal proceedings that pertain to familial relationships. Cook County is subject to Illinois state law, and this includes family law. It covers many areas and requires attorneys who specialize in the field as it can be quite complex. Family law is an important part of the state’s legal infrastructure as it protects and advocates for a broad range of people and promotes the recognition of many different familial rights.

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What Does Family Law Cover?

Family law is extremely broad and covers a wide range of scenarios and facts. Here are some of the main types of family law cases that lawyers in Cook County handle.

Child Custody

Perhaps this is the type of case that comes to mind when you think of family law. Often in Cook County divorce cases, the separating spouses do not agree on how their time with their children should be split. Illinois family law helps to guide how this decision is made, and provides a distinction between legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is the ability of the parent to make important decisions for their child (such as schooling, healthcare and religion) and physical custody is who the child resides with.

Child Support

In the cases where custody is decided, Illinois family law also covers child support. This is the money payable from one spouse to the other for the maintenance and upkeep of the children. The amount of support is calculated based on a range of factors such as who the primary caregiver is.


Adoption is another area covered by family law. Family adoption laws create guidelines around the adoption process to make it as safe and effective as possible. If you are thinking of adopting a child, it is wise to consult a family lawyer.


Divorce also comes under the family law banner. It creates legal rules on all aspects of the divorce, including how the spouse's assets are split, how the custody of their children will be carried out, if one spouse has to pay alimony and all the other technicalities that come with a divorce.


The great aspect of family law is that cases do not automatically need to go to trial. Mediation is always an option. Mediation utilizes a neutral third party to resolve a dispute. Family law mediation is most successful when you are assisted by an attorney who is experienced in the field. This is because you will need all the help you can get to negotiate the terms that best suit you.

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You Deserve Quality Legal Advice

To most successfully navigate family law matters, it is crucial that you enlist the aid of an attorney who specializes in the field. An Illinois family lawyer can help you understand the state’s laws and guide you through the mediation process. If you are located in Cook County, get in touch with the friendly team at Nottage and Ward, LLP.

Our experienced Cook County family law attorneys provide you with stellar service and legal advice. If you need family legal advice, do not wait to reach out to us at (312) 332-2915.

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