Family Law is a very intricate and delicate matter. It encompasses a broad and multifaceted range of legal topics and services involving marriage and children; including divorce, post decree (post-divorce) issues, parenting time, orders of protection, child custody & visitation rights, child support payments, and spousal support/alimony. Family Law might also involve adoption, domestic violence, and restraining orders regarding personal property and/or personal safety.
CES Law has been practicing in the many areas of family throughout our legal careers. As a certified Guardian ad litem and Mediator, Attorney Colosimo is well versed and has expertise in all issues affecting a family in transition.
The goal of the Colosimo, Ewing and Smith, LLC is to provide our clients the best and most efficient legal representation in all areas and the importance of family law is paramount to us. While the ultimate decision on how to proceed in any case is left to the client, we provide you with the best and most accurate information to make an informed decision throughout the pendency of your case and beyond.
CES Law offers full services in all areas of family law, including the following:
Divorce, or the dissolution of marriage, has become much more common and accepted in today’s society, but that does not mean that it should be taken any less seriously. You only have one opportunity to resolve your divorce to your satisfaction. It is far easier, and much more cost effective, to handle your divorce properly the first time, rather than make risky mistakes and try to change things in the future. In fact, the court usually will not readdress issues that have previously settled. To attempt to handle your divorce alone, or to use the other party’s attorney, is a recipe for disaster. The other attorney will not look out for your best interest, and in the end you will fail to be satisfied. You need your own attorney who cares enough to understand your needs and knows how to navigate family law with a proven history of success.
Colosimo, Ewing and Smith LLC handles each case with the utmost care and professionalism throughout the entire process of dissolution. At the commencement of your case, we thoroughly discuss your specific situation, your goals, and the entire court procedure. The many steps that are involved in each divorce proceeding, such as discovery, pleadings and negotiations, are conducted after a thorough discussion with each client. We will negotiate on your behalf for anything necessary including, but not limited to, the division of marital assets, child custody, child support, parenting time, and marital support/alimony. These issues can be determined by both parties via settlement, or, if that is not possible, the issues will be brought in front of the Court for a trial, or judicial determination.
Mediation is a procedure in which a neutral third party assists two conflicting parties in order to promote settlement or compromise for civil (non-criminal) cases. Mediation provides both parties the opportunity to thoroughly identify and cope with issues that may not have been thought to be a part of the original dispute. The mediation process allows both parties to deal with matters that a formal court of law may deem either irrelevant or inappropriate. In the area of family law, the mediator is either a lawyer or a therapist. Lawyers acting as mediators do not represent the individual parties, so it is always wise to consult with a lawyer prior to engaging in mediation so you can understand the issues in your case and the process a court would follow.
Colosimo, Ewing and Smith, LLC can provide mediation services to both spouses. Attorney Carlo D. Colosimo is a Court Approved mediator in both the 16th and 23rd Judicial Circuits. Mr. Colosimo is a graduate of the Northwestern University Family Medication Course, from which he has received his certification in family law mediation.
Child Custody and Visitation
Establishing child custody in a divorce or other separation is obviously a difficult task for parents. In some cases, parents are able to understand what will best suit their child (children). In many cases, however, communications break down and parents cannot come to an agreement.
Courts deciding child custody and visitation matters will make rulings based the “best interests of the child (or children).” The phrase “best interests of the child” governs all aspects of child custody and visitation. Determining the best interests of a child depends upon many factors, including the child’s age, mental and physical health, health of parents, lifestyle and other social factors of parents, and the love and emotional ties between parent and child.
There are two distinct types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody (sole or joint) has no bearing on the physical custody of a child, and instead refers to the right and responsibility to make decisions about the rearing of the child. Obtaining a child custody attorney that cares about the many intricacies of family law is imperative. Colosimo, Ewing and Smith, LLC offer representation and support in the sensitive areas of custody and visitation; our experience and intimate knowledge of family enables us to guide our clients to suitable resolutions while maintaining their parenting goals and wishes as much as possible.
Child Support is the amount of support that a non-custodial parent is required by statute to pay to the residential parent of a child. Child support is generally paid until a child is emancipated, reaches the age of majority, or when a variety of other circumstances arise.
Colosimo, Ewing and Smith, LLC maintains the latest software technology to determine the proper amount of child support to be paid based on the correct net income of the paying parent, as well as the specific percentages set by the Illinois law based on the number of children and other numbers that factor into the appropriate amount of child support. We ensure fairness and will represent the best interest of your children.
Maintenance (formerly called alimony or spousal support) is a regular payment made from one spouse to the other during a separation or after a divorce. The amount paid by one spouse to the other will be set forth in a Court Order or the final Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage. Often there will be a fixed date when the maintenance ends; however, some awards may be permanent. Most awards of maintenance, however, are subject to termination events as set forth by statute. If an award of maintenance is modifiable and you would like to request a change, you must petition the court for that determination. In these cases, expert representation with a family law attorney is extremely beneficial. Colosimo, Ewing and Smith, LLC are successful divorce attorneys with consulting and representation in such cases; please contact us to discuss any of your needs and questions.