Areas of Practice
Cook County Family Law Attorney Works For What’s Best For Your Family
Helping transition your family to a new structure
When the decision to dissolve a relationship is made, you need an experienced family law professional to help your family transition to a new status. The Law Offices of Curtis Bennett Ross, LLC is skilled in tackling your family law matters whether those matters include divorce, custody , child and spousal support , adoption , instances of domestic violence , complex asset valuation or paternity. We understand the impact separating your family can have on everyone involved, so we work hard to make this difficult time easier on you emotionally while also making sure your rights are protected. We work with the best interests of your children in mind, and guide you towards help from other professionals (such as counselors and therapists) when necessary.
Ending a marriage is a difficult decision. Once made, you then have to consider all the issues to be resolved. If kids are part of the picture, you will want to make sure they are taken care of financially and emotionally. Fair distribution of assets and liabilities becomes a question, as do awards of child and spousal support. Sometimes you also need to seek help from other professionals, such as a marriage or other counselor. Doing this can help you deal with the trauma associated with divorce and allow you to move forward with your life in a positive way. The Law Offices of Curtis Bennett Ross, LLC is here to help you make tough decisions when it comes to ending your relationship. We are knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of family law, and have enjoyed the honorable distinction of court recognition for our efforts by being appointed as a financial receiver in a family law case.
Maintaining some sort of normalcy for your children when you divorce is important. To do this, you must have a custody arrangement in place that allows for your kids to experience their lives as closely as possible to the pre-divorce setting. It is also just as important that your children build and maintain a healthy relationship with both parents, and their families. The type of child custody ordered goes a long way in accomplishing these goals. We listen to your concerns and work with you to develop a child custody arrangement that fits your family and its needs.
Child and spousal support
Being able to stand on your own is a critical element of your post-divorce life. Getting to that point takes planning and financial stability. In situations where one spouse was typically the provider, an award of Maintenance (Alimony) may be necessary to allow the non-working spouse time to get back on their feet and regain their independence. As for the kids, knowing your children are financially cared for is perhaps the most important part of a divorce. When making an award of child support, the Courts will look at the specific factors of each case, but will often consider:
- The custody arrangement
- Medical and special needs of the children
- Which parent provides insurance
- Childcare needs
- Financial ability of each parent
When most people think of the need to hire a family law attorney, the thought of divorce or separation immediately comes to mind. However, not all family law cases involve the dissolution of a family; some cases focus solely on creation of a family. In case of adoption, it is critical to make sure all your “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed. If you are considering adoption, or want to create a plan for the care of your child after a terminal illness, you need to consult a skilled family law attorney to make sure your case is properly handled.
Cases of abuse against others in the house are intolerable. At The Law Offices of Curtis Bennett Ross, LLC we take very seriously concerns for your safety and the safety of your family. We are able to put you in touch with counselors that can help with feelings of guilt over an instance of domestic violence, and help you get your voice back. We work in tandem with the authorities and other professionals to ensure you and your kids’ safety needs are met.
Establishing paternity is a first step in exercising parental rights for dads. More and more Courts are recognizing the rights of fathers, and we are strong advocates for those that want to play an active role in the lives of their children. But when the parties are not married, establishing paternity becomes especially significant. Informal agreements between unmarried parents are not enforceable. To make sure your are getting all the rights you deserve, call our office and speak with a trained family law professional.
Paternity cases aren’t just for dads. We help moms too, when they need to establish paternity in order to seek child support and other benefits for their children. Establishing paternity is a first step in asking the Court to award child support and other benefits such as childcare expenses and health insurance.
Complex Asset Valuation
Some divorce cases include a family owned business or other complex assets. Do not trust the valuation of these assets to just anyone. Curtis Bennett Ross, a Certified Public Accountant, has a background in finance and business related matters. This experience makes Curtis Bennet Ross a strong advocate when your financial needs are at stake. Property distribution can become a hotly debated issue when a couple calls it quits, and it is important that you have a skilled advocate on your side. Call our office for more information about valuation of, and distribution of business ventures and other complex assets such as retirement accounts.
Call our office today for family law matters in Chicago
The Law Offices of Curtis Bennett Ross, LLC at 312-984-1514 or online is here to help with all your family law needs. We work hard to protect your assets and family. We know that your case is not like anyone else’s, so we provide approaches tailored to your specific needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment. Your first call is a free initial phone consultation.