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Black Attorney Handling Divorce, Family Law and Support Issues in Northwest Cook County

Divorce Lawyer for African-American Clients in Arlington Heights and Palatine

Wheeling family law and estate planning lawyer for black families

Every family is different, and when legal issues arise involving parents, children, or other family members, the best ways to address and resolve these issues will vary depending on a family's needs. Black families often have unique legal concerns, and family members will want to work with an attorney who understands the issues they face, their priorities, and the ideal outcome to their case.

At A. Traub & Associates, we assist families of all types with legal issues related to divorce, family law, and estate planning. Attorney Chantelle Porter offers compassionate and dedicated legal help for our clients, and her experience as a public defender and guardian ad litem provides her with unique insight into the best ways to resolve legal matters for black families.

Family Law for African-American Spouses, Parents, and Children

Any couple that chooses to dissolve their marriage through divorce will need to address a variety of legal issues, such as deciding how to divide marital assets or determining whether a spouse will be eligible to receive spousal maintenance. However, a number of notable issues may arise in divorce or family law cases involving black families, including:

  • Child custody - While divorcing spouses will typically be able to share in the allocation of parental responsibility and parenting time, parental rights may not always be obvious if parents are unmarried. In some cases, paternity may need to be established, and in other cases, a family member who has assumed responsibility for a child may need to establish guardianship.
  • Child support - Parents are obligated to provide financial support for their children, and the amount of support may be based on their imputed income, or the income they should be able to earn with their level of education or training. In some cases, a parent's obligations to support children from a prior relationship may be considered when determining the amount of child support.
  • Addiction or mental health issues - If a parent or spouse suffers from a mental illness or struggles with drug or alcohol abuse, legal steps may need to be taken to protect a family's assets and ensure that children or other family members are safe from harm.
  • DCFS investigations - If a parent has been accused of child abuse or neglect, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services will investigate the situation to determine whether steps need to be taken to protect children's safety.
  • Domestic violence - A person who has experienced abuse or threats of violence from someone in their household may need to obtain an order of protection that will ensure that they and their family members are safe from harm.

African-American families may face a variety of legal hurdles when addressing any of these issues. Our attorneys can provide the legal help you need in these cases, ensuring that the rights of family members are protected and helping you reach a positive resolution to your situation.

Estate Planning for Black Families

Everyone should take steps to plan for the future by addressing what will happen after their death and ensuring that their family will have the financial resources they need. A comprehensive estate plan may include a will or trust, as well as advance directives like powers of attorney or living wills.

It may also need to address matters related to extended family members or children with unmarried parents. Our attorneys can help you make sure your assets will be properly distributed among family members, determine how guardianship for minor children will be handled, and provide instructions for end-of-life medical care.

Contact a Rolling Meadows Black Family Law Attorney

No matter your needs, the lawyers of A. Traub & Associates can provide you with dedicated legal help. We will take steps to understand your situation and your best options for meeting your family's needs. To schedule a confidential consultation, contact us at 847-749-4182. We work with black families in Arlington Heights, Elk Grove Village, Mount Prospect, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Des Plaines, Long Grove, Schaumburg, Wheeling, Inverness, and throughout Northwest Cook County.

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