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Archives for 2016

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...]

Common Law Partners Have No Property Division Rights

The Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld a decision which deemed common-law marriages not valid in the state. Since 1979, common law marriage has not been legally recognized in Illinois, and despite significant changes to marriage and divorce laws, this continues to be the case. (Article continues below Infographic) ___ Common Law Marriages in Illinois In order to be legally married in … [Read more...]

How Domestic Violence Impacts Divorce in Illinois

Domestic violence is a serious issue that can have a significant impact on divorce in Illinois. Courts recognize that domestic violence impacts everyone in the home, even if they didn't suffer direct physical abuse. In divorce cases that involve domestic violence, a family lawyer often sees an impact on child custody and parental visitation decisions.. Child Custody In Illinois, the phrase … [Read more...]

Study Examines Factors for Non-payment of Child Support

A recent study found that the two primary reasons why non-residential parents refuse to pay child support are due to a lack of funds or because the residential parent did not allow the other parent to visit the child. This study is notable because, according to the author, it is the first (and perhaps only) study that delves into the reasons that underlie why fathers fail to pay child … [Read more...]