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When two people get divorced in Illinois, they are both entitled to marital property. Marital property is what Illinois law calls possessions or assets that either spouse acquired during the marriage. With some exceptions, these assets belong to both parties and are divided in a divorce. The couple can divide the property between themselves or a court can do it for them.
When an Illinois court divides marital property between two spouses, it does so fairly, not equally. This can make the process somewhat complex because instead of just dividing everything in half, it is up to the judge to
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Much of the divorce process focuses on finances. Spouses who dissolve their marriages are sometimes required to pay child support and spousal support (alimony). They may also be required to divide their marital property, which refers to money and possessions belonging to both parties. These obligations can take a heavy financial toll.
However, spouses can protect themselves and limit financial hardship by preparing for divorce. This article will discuss three ways to prepare financially, but it is always best to consult an Illinois divorce attorney about what steps you can take.
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A crucial way to prepare for
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Illinois is made up of 102 counties. Each county follows state and federal laws, but they also have some of their own rules that differ from each other. Every county has courts that have jurisdiction over the area, which means the courts enforce their county’s laws.
When you file for divorce in a county court, that court is called your “venue.” Usually, your venue is in the county you live in because that is where people often file for divorce. However, there are certain reasons why a spouse may wish to change the venue after the divorce has been filed.
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It is normal for there to be conflicts in divorce. When two people who share a life together decide to separate and divide that life, disagreements are bound to come up. However, divorce is also known to breed hostility and other negative feelings. These can lead to unnecessary conflicts that are not only unhelpful but can derail the divorce negotiations.
When you go through a divorce, consulting with an Illinois high-conflict divorce attorney is a great way to avoid unnecessary conflict. An experienced lawyer knows where in the process most couples run into friction and will help you avoid
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A wedding ring is a symbol of marriage and is given from one person to another with the expectation that they will marry. A common question, therefore, is whether a spouse must give his or her wedding ring back to the other spouse when the marriage ends. This is an especially common question with wedding rings that cost thousands of dollars.
If you get divorced, your spouse may demand the wedding ring back. He or she may even claim that it is marital property and must be divided between the both of you. This article will discuss whether a
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Among the many decisions that need to be made during a divorce is how to split parenting time. Parenting time is when a parent has physical custody of his or her child. In Illinois, both parents are entitled to equal parenting time with their child by default. A court will award one parent more parenting time if it is in the child’s best interest.
There are many ways to split parenting time between two divorced parents. This includes dividing holidays and summer vacation with the child. It is not always clear which schedule is the right one for you
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It is common in an Illinois divorce for a judge to order one of the parties to pay child support and/or spousal support, also known as alimony. This is called an order for support. An order for support contains all the details about making the payments, such as the amount, the frequency, the dates, and how the payments must be made.
One of the main ways support payments are made is through income withholding. This is a process through which a certain amount of income is withheld from the paychecks of the obligor, or the party who has been
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One of the most complicated parts of the divorce process is asset division, also known as property division. It involves identifying a couple’s marital property, which means those assets that belong to both spouses jointly. Once identified, the marital property is then divided between the parties.
Asset division can become even more complicated if there are international assets, such as:

  • Vacation homes overseas
  • Foreign investment properties
  • Foreign retirement accounts
  • Overseas trusts
  • Overseas bank accounts

If your divorce involves foreign assets, consult our Illinois divorce attorney with experience in complex asset division. He will know which assets need to be
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Co-parenting after a divorce is rarely easy and never simple. One of the reasons for this is that each parent now has his or her own separate life to lead. Priorities get shifted around, mistakes are made, the unexpected happens, and emergencies come up.
So, if your co-parent fails to show up for his or her parenting time with your child, it may be a misunderstanding. Furthermore, Illinois law wants to keep parents and their children together. If your ex misses a visit, he or she is not likely to face penalties. 
However, if your co-parent is making a habit
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You may have heard at least one person say, “I lost everything in the divorce.” This tends to happen in divorces where finances and assets are not managed properly. Without the right divorce attorney, a person going through a divorce can lose a lot of money to:

  • Spousal maintenance payments, also known as alimony
  • Child support payments
  • Division of assets

Another pitfall that is often overlooked by divorcing parties is how their credit can be damaged by the divorce. This article will discuss four ways to protect your credit in an Illinois divorce.
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For many couples who get divorced in Illinois, child support can be one of the hardest parts of the process. A court that orders an ex-spouse to pay child support will do so after considering several factors, such as:

  • Who has the majority of physical custody, known as “parenting time” in Illinois
  • The net income of that parent
  • The net income of the other parent
  • If spousal support, or alimony, is also being paid
  • The child’s or children’s needs

Because of this, it is important to retain a divorce lawyer who understands family law and can help you navigate the
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Often, the division of assets can be a fairly straightforward part of the divorce process. The spouses outline all their marital assets and properties, as well as debts, and either they can come up with a reasonable plan for splitting these or the court will do so, taking into consideration both parties’ finances, earning capability, and other factors. Unfortunately, some people find they cannot trust their future ex-spouse. While it is not legal to withhold information, some people try to hide assets in an effort to keep them from needing to share them with their ex. In some cases, a
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When a couple goes through a divorce, one of the many steps they need to work out relates to the division of their marital assets. Anything that they amassed as a couple will be divided in a divorce. Unfortunately, some people falsely believe that they can merely hide some assets so as to avoid splitting them in the divorce settlement. This is an illegal practice, but common nonetheless. This article will describe three prominent signs that your spouse might be trying to hide assets. Of course, if you have any concerns about your personal situation, a compassionate Wheaton, IL
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When parents get a divorce, one of the most pressing issues surrounds what will happen with child custody. The division of parental responsibilities, parenting time, and other matters that come up when parents end their marriage can be extremely complicated to navigate. Sometimes, parents truly seem like the enemies portrayed in television and movies. But other times, parents can split amicably and still put their child’s well-being above anything else. In such cases, they might be able to settle their child custody dispute through mediation. Speak with a knowledgeable Wheaton, IL divorce lawyer to discuss whether this might be
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Not everyone is aware that your marital status at the time of your child’s birth affects whether you are legally recognized as the child’s father. When a woman gives birth to a baby, she is automatically considered that baby’s mother. If she happens to be married to a man at the time of the birth, then he is automatically considered the baby’s father. Things become more complicated for an unmarried couple. Certain procedures need to be followed for the father to be recognized as such, and this legal recognition of parentage is of significance later on. If the father is
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One of the most contentious topics when parents get a divorce relates to their children: Who will they live with? Where will they live? If parents have joint custody and one of them keeps the family home, what happens if the other parent cannot find a home in the same school zone? Birdnesting can be a good option for parents trying to think outside the box to help their children keep feeling stable and settled despite the divorce. While this article will provide basic information about the concept, you can speak with a Wheaton, IL divorce lawyer to find out
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