Many different family situations require the assistance of an experienced family lawyer. Illinois residents often think about family law as dealing only with issues surrounding divorce proceedings, but family law is a much broader area that encompasses various issues that arise in domestic relationships.
At OSH Law, we understand the complications that can arise in family law cases, and we are dedicated to providing professional representation to each of our clients.
With years of experience as a family lawyer in Illinois, Otto S. Hurtado understands the ins and outs of legal issues that families face. Whether you have questions about adoption, parentage and visitation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, or orders of protection in domestic violence cases, we want you to feel comfortable knowing that you have a dedicated and responsible advocate on your side.
Did you know that thousands of Illinois residents have a connection to adoption? According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as of early 2015 the Illinois Adoption Registry contains nearly 17,000 registrants. Those numbers include more than 10,000 adoptees and greater than 600 adoptive parents. The Illinois Adoption Act (750 ILCS 50/) provides the relevant laws concerning adoption in our state, including requirements that adoptive parents must meet.
In addition to handling adoption cases and parental rights matters, Mr. Hurtado regularly assists clients with premarital agreements. In some states, premarital agreements are known as prenuptial agreements, or simply “prenups.” Prenuptial agreements are important for anyone considering marriage. In addition to determining financial matters, prenuptial agreements allow future spouses to negotiate about other rights and responsibilities they will have to one another during the marriage.
The Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act (750 ILCS 10/) stipulates what may be included in a premarital agreement, as well as items that are not subject to negotiation. Unlike premarital agreements that take place before a wedding occurs, postnuptial agreements are negotiations that take place after the marriage. An experienced family law attorney can discuss the pros and cons of each with you.
Family law also deals with domestic violence issues. If you have been the victim of domestic violence, you may be able to seek an Order of Protection. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60/) makes clear who is eligible for a protective order, as well as what constitute “abuse.” Only a judge can grant an Order of Protection. As such, it is very important to discuss your case with an experienced domestic violence attorney. These cases can become extremely contentious and hostile, and it will be important to have a lawyer who can advocate for your rights.
If you have questions or concerns about any type of family law issue, you should discuss your situation with an experienced Kane County family law attorney as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer. We represent clients throughout Kane County, including Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, Batavia, Aurora, North Aurora, Elgin, and South Elgin. Call us at 331-248-8190 for help.