Family law disputes can be both extremely emotional and complicated. It is crucial to have a knowledgeable attorney on your side who understands your personal goals and family objectives. You will also need candid advice on how to resolve your case.
At Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn, our attorneys have more than 40 years of legal experience. We understand the nuances of the divorce process, and we strive to guide families to outcomes that protect their emotional and financial interests.
Family dynamics are complex, and no two cases are the same. We will use an approach that caters to the needs of your family. Experience has taught us that disputed family law issues are best settled through reasoned negotiation or mediation. However, some disputes cannot be settled outside of the courtroom and you will want to have an expert in your corner to guide you through the process.
If you are facing a divorce or other family law matter, our attorneys are highly experienced trial lawyers with the skills, resources, and experience you need.
- High Net Worth Cases
- Child Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support
- Maintenance (Alimony)
- Modification or Enforcement of Court Orders
- Property Distribution
- Domestic Violence (Orders of Protection)
- Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
If you are facing the prospect of divorce or other difficult family law matter and want to be fully informed regarding your rights, the attorneys of Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn can help. We handle cases in Cook, DuPage, Lake, and McHenry Counties. Call our family law attorneys at 847-253-8100 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to speaking with you.
Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage)
The outcome of your divorce will significantly impact your financial security and that of your family. With such high stakes, it is critical that you have experienced divorce lawyers on your side. We have the experience to handle any issue that may arise in regard to the dissolution of marriage.
Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn is an established firm. Raymond R. Massucci, a partner at Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn, has a reputation as a trusted advisor that serves his clients with integrity and professionalism. He is rated as an AV® Preeminent attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell® peer review system, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. He works directly with two associates, Lisa L. Dunn and Anthony F. Calzaretta, who are also very knowledgeable and skilled. To speak with Ray Massucci or one of his associates, please contact our law office at 847-253-8100.
High Net Worth Cases
When high net worth couples divorce, there are many issues that arise which are not part of other divorces. They can involve complex tax issues and the division of sophisticated financial holdings and property.
Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn is an established law firm that provides advice and meaningful representation to high net worth individuals. We handle each matter with professionalism and the utmost respect for your privacy.
When suitable and financially wise, the lawyers of Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn will enlist the assistance of industry experts to help our clients secure a fair division of marital property. We often work with tax professionals, business valuation experts, and forensic accountants to perform valuations, find hidden assets, and assign accurate values to all assets and sources of income.
Child Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support
A main concern during divorce proceedings is protecting the well-being of the children. Disagreements are common when determining a child custody arrangement and a parenting plan. Our goal is to help parents negotiate workable parenting plans to ensure that the entire family is provided with a sense of stability and peace.
- The ability of each parent to have a close parent-child relationship
- The ability of the parents to work together to parent the child
- The ability of each parent to put the child’s needs above his or her own
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable environment
- Any evidence of child abuse or neglect
Whether through mediation, negotiation, or litigation, the attorneys of Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn can help you develop a creative parenting plan that protects your parental rights and is also in the best interests of your child.
In Illinois, both parents are legally obligated to support their child, regardless of whether they are married. After a divorce or the end of an unmarried relationship, the noncustodial parent will be required to make child support payments to the custodial parent.
- Temporary Child Support: Orders establishing temporary child support may need to be enforced while a divorce or child support dispute is pending in the courts.
- Child Support Calculation: We can help you understand the child support guidelines, evaluate the facts specific to your case, and arrive at a child support calculation that is accurate and fair.
- Support Modifications: If the financial circumstances in your family have changed, we can assist you with modifications to existing child support orders.
- Enforcement: If one party fails to live up to his or her court-ordered obligations, we can help you take action to enforce the court’s order.
Unlike child support, maintenance or alimony is not determined by a formula. The decision to award maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is within the discretion of the court. Some of the factors considered are the duration of the marriage, the parties’ ages and health, the income earning abilities of each party, the assets available to each party, and the lifestyle of the parties during the marriage.
Maintenance can be a very contentious issue that drives a divorce case and its outcome. Many spouses who agree on all other issues find maintenance to be a sticking point. It is crucial to have a lawyer on your side who understands how your rights and interests and the different types of maintenance that can be awarded.
Whether you are interested in negotiating an out-of-court agreement—or your maintenance case needs to be litigated at trial—the lawyers of Massucci, Blomquist & Anderson will be strong advocates for your rights and interests.
Modification or Enforcement of Court Orders
Modifications of child support and maintenance orders can be resolved by a settlement between the parties, or they can be determined by the court. To be successful when asking the court to modify support orders, proof is typically required to demonstrate that there has been a substantial and involuntary change in circumstances creating materially different financial circumstances than those that existed at the time of the original order.
Modifications of parenting orders require proof that there has been a substantial and permanent change in circumstances justifying that the modification is in the best interest of the child. Relocations of the child begin with timely and proper notice to the other parent and timely and proper objections if the other parent does not agree to the relocation.
A consultation with one of the family law attorneys from Massucci, Blomquist, Anderson & Dunn will help you decide the best strategy to modify an existing child support, maintenance, or parenting/custody order, or defend against an effort to modify these orders.
The standard for dividing marital property in Illinois is “equitable distribution.” Equitable distribution is designed to assign all marital property in a “fair” manner; however, “fair” does not necessarily mean equal.
- Each party’s contributions to the marriage(generally financial, homemaking, and child-rearing)
- The economic circumstances of each party (a party with greater financial need may be entitled to a larger portion of the marital estate)
- If one party contributed to the career or educational accomplishments of the other
- The duration of the marriage
- A party’s intentional depletion or destruction of marital assets
- A party’s use of marital assets for a non-marital purpose (also known as dissipation)
If appropriate, our family law attorneys can enlist the assistance of business valuation specialists, tax professionals, forensic accountants, and/or other experts to ensure your rights and interests are fully protected.
Domestic Violence (Orders of Protection)
Unfortunately, some dissolution of marriage cases are initiated after one of the parties has been served with an Order of Protection.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, our experienced attorneys can guide you through the process of obtaining an Order of Protection. If indicated, you can obtain exclusive possession of your residence and protected persons can be named, limiting contact between the aggressive party and children.
If you have been served with an Order of Protection, it is important that you be properly advised and have experienced representation at the hearing. Rights can be granted or taken away from you at this time, including being removed from your home, and/or limiting contact with any minor children. Temporary support obligations can also be established at these hearings.
When a child is born to parents who are not married to each other, either parent may initiate a lawsuit to legally establish paternity. An order of paternity is necessary to preserve the legal rights of a child, such as the right to inherit upon death of a father who failed to prepare a will, the right to Social Security benefits if the child’s father becomes disabled, and the right to sue someone who is negligent and causes the death of their father.
During a paternity case, each party’s rights to have contact with the minor child are established, along with the support obligations of each parent. These obligations can include child support, providing health insurance for the minor child, payment of medical and health related expenses not covered by insurance, life insurance for benefit of the minor child, post high school educational expenses, and any tax deductions that may be related to the minor child.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Prior to marriage, a pre-nuptial agreement may be very important and comforting to both parties. A valid pre-nuptial agreement must be in writing and agreed to voluntarily (without coercion), provided all assets have been disclosed.
If, after you are married, you have concerns about how you will divide business interests in the event of a divorce, pre- or non-marital property, and/or spousal support and related issues, a post-nuptial agreement may be in your best interests.
A consultation with the family law attorneys of Massucci, Blomquist & Anderson can help you decide whether such an agreement is right for your particular circumstances.