Granholm & Gynac, Joliet, Illinois

Making the decision to end a marriage can be one of the most emotionally traumatic experiences many people ever go through. Likewise, learning that your spouse wants to end your marriage can sometimes be even more devastating. In the midst of dealing with such turmoil, individuals must then navigate the complex legal proceedings of the divorce itself. Granholm and Gynac can help.

Our attorneys are veterans at handling divorce litigation. We make the process as easy as possible by advising you every step of the way, managing paperwork and filings, and working diligently to achieve the best possible results.

For those cases that can settle, our lawyers strive to achieve the best possible settlement: something that is fair and equitable while protecting your interests and those of your children. Unfortunately, not all cases can be resolved amicably. If and when a case needs to go to trial, our firm’s attorneys will fight hard to obtain the best possible results for you in the courtroom.

With decades of experience handling divorces, the lawyers at Granholm & Gynac can assist you in all manner of divorce-related legal matters, including but not limited to:

  • Filing for divorce or responding to a divorce that has been filed
  • Dividing assets and debts
  • Establishing spousal maintenance (formerly known as alimony)
  • Determining allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time (custody and visitation)
  • Setting, modifying and enforcing child support payments
  • Modifying and enforcing any of the terms of a divorce judgment
  • Negotiating pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements

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Division of Assets and Debts

An important part of every divorce case is knowing what the assets and liabilities actually are. Our attorneys will work with you to thoroughly assess your property and debts to ensure that you receive everything to which you are entitled. We’ll help you properly value assets, including determining the worth of your primary residence, possible second homes or vacation properties, and other real estate holdings. We’ll partner with you to inventory bank accounts, stocks, brokerage accounts, and retirement benefits. In some cases, assets such as antiques, collectibles and artwork must also be considered.

When you aren’t sure or don’t know what the assets and liabilities of your case are, the firm’s lawyers have tools at their disposable to uncover that information, including propounding discovery, sending out subpoenas and making other demands for documents and information. While this might seem extreme, it’s never advisable to move forward with a divorce without a complete picture of the family finances.

Establishing Spousal Maintenance

Also known as alimony or spousal support, temporary or more lasting spousal maintenance may be awarded to either spouse in a divorce, depending on the incomes and circumstances of the parties. Regardless of whether you are the person who may be paying maintenance or receiving, our divorce attorneys will strive to secure the best-case scenario for you. We’ll explain options, possible outcomes, and the potential tax consequences of a spousal maintenance award. Once we determine the ideal course of action for your specific situation, we will then move quickly to advocate on your behalf with the court.

Divorce Decree Modifications

Life changes are inevitable and may impact what was ordered in your original divorce decree. Should there be a substantial change for either party post-divorce, certain terms may be able to be modified such as the spousal maintenance amount or child support awarded.

Life’s circumstances may also make fulfilling other obligations of your court order difficult or impossible, and terms may need to be renegotiated to give you more time to comply. Whatever the situation, we encourage you to get in touch with us at Granholm & Gynac, so that we can assist in modifying whatever terms of your Judgment can be modified.

For help from a divorce attorney in Joliet, contact Granholm & Gynac today for a consultation.