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Overview Of Changes To Child Custody Laws In Illinois

Illinois substantially altered the factors that courts may rely on to ascertain what is in the best interests of the child regarding child custody disputes. In 2015, Illinois passed Senate Bill 57, a major revision to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, eliminating the concepts of “custody” and visitation” and replacing them with “parental responsibilities” and “parenting time.” … [Read more...]

Child Support for Special Needs Children

Divorcing parents of special needs children in Illinois may be facing a few unexpected child support considerations that would not generally apply to parents with children who possess full mental and physical capability. Since children with mental or physical disabilities often require more complex and expensive medical, emotional and educational services than the average child, Illinois courts … [Read more...]

When Deadbeat Parents Avoid Paying Child Support

A Lake County divorce attorney may help to hold deadbeat parents accountable and to help collect the delinquent amounts that are owed to his or her clients. Collecting Support From Deadbeat Parents The family law court may impose various sanctions in order to secure payment of the obligations that are owed. If a support order is violated, a family law attorney may file a petition asking the … [Read more...]

Preparing Children for the Pressures of Divorce

Divorce can have a significant impact on the emotional and psychological well-being of a child. Even an amicable divorce can cause long-lasting changes to social behavior and educational development. Parents who prepare their children and themselves for the "ups and downs" of the divorce process are better equipped to move forward when the ink on the divorce decree is dry. The Role of … [Read more...]

Four Alternatives to Getting a Traditional Divorce

Alternative divorce methods offer many benefits over traditional divorce, but they each come with their risks and costs. Permanent Separation Many couples, typical older couples, are choosing permanent separation over divorce. Permanent separation enables the spouses to continue to enjoy the benefits of marriage, e.g. joint tax returns, shared health plans, and favorable credit treatment. But it … [Read more...]

You’ve Decided to Get a Divorce: What Next?

Divorce is a process that affects all aspects of a person's life, requiring a careful plan to be developed and carried out before filing for a divorce. Consider New Arrangements A spouse who has not worked outside the home for a few years may want to try to secure new employment so that he or she can rely on this income after the separation. The spouse wanting the divorce should consider whether … [Read more...]

Making Divorce Easier on the Kids

Divorce can be especially tough for any children who might be involved. They may react to their parents' divorce with anger, bitterness, frustration, sadness, and even aggression. While the way children handle divorce often depends on their age, personality type, and the circumstances surrounding the marriage and divorce, parents can do a number of things to help their children cope so that they … [Read more...]

Dividing Assets in a Divorce

The equitable division of assets in a divorce requires accurately accounting for physical and financial assets, debts, and liabilities. In Illinois, the division of assets may be done by the couple with the assistance of their attorney, a mediator, or it may be ordered by the court. It is important to remember that the State of Illinois divides assets equitably; not equally. In cases where the … [Read more...]

New Illinois Child Support Law Calculates Both Mom and Dad’s Income

New child support legislation can be more equitable because it requires considering the incomes and needs of both mothers and fathers. A calculation outputs each parent's dollar responsibility. Generally, the higher the net income of the recipient, the less child support they will receive. A goal of the new law is to attempt to preserve the child's previous family-intact financial lifestyle. It … [Read more...]

High-Asset Divorces: Dividing Small Businesses

Small business owners who are divorcing have added property division challenges in properly valuing their businesses for the distribution of property. There are several different ways that businesses are valued, and the specific approach chosen may depend on the audience who will be considering the information. Business Valuations For Litigation or Arbitration When a case appears headed for … [Read more...]