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Finances are often a key factor in divorce and family law disputes. For the court to make a determination about the division of assets and debts, child support, and other issues, the court needs accurate financial information from both parties. Unfortunately, not everyone is as forthcoming about financial information as they should be. Some people disclose only partial financial information or actively hide assets and income during family law cases to gain an unfair advantage.
If you are involved in a divorce, child support case, or another family law matter and you suspect that another party is
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Divorce often follows months, years, or decades of marital breakdown. By the time a couple files for divorce, they may have pent-up resentment, anger, and hurt, making it nearly impossible for them to interact amicably. Some divorcing spouses can hardly stand to be in the same room together.
Sharing a home with your spouse during divorce can be miserable for both parties. It is also hard for children to live in a home filled with animosity. Consequently, many spouses wonder if they can force their spouse to move out or have their spouse evicted.
Motion for Exclusive Possession of the
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Marriages end for countless reasons. Some gradually break down over the course of years or decades. Other marriages end abruptly because a spouse has an affair or violates the other spouse’s trust. Sometimes, spouses simply fall out of love. If your marriage has reached the point of no return and divorce is imminent, there are things you can do now to make the divorce process easier.
Preparing for Divorce Can Help Make the Process Go More Smoothly
Divorce is a difficult process to go through, but preparing in advance can help you ready yourself to tackle divorce issues like property
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Child support used to be calculated solely based on the obligor’s net income and the number of children being supported. For example, a parent supporting one child paid 20 percent of his or her income in child support and a parent with two children put 28 percent of his or her income toward child support. However, Illinois has since modernized the child support calculation method to include the income of the both parents.
Typically, a parent’s actual income is used to calculate child support. However, there are situations in which the court may use a parent’s “imputed income” to determine
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As you may already know, Illinois laws are frequently updated and modified. Some of the biggest changes to Illinois divorce and family law took place in 2016. The language used to describe child custody matters was just the start of the changes. Legislators also modernized the way courts handled child custody and divorce issues, prioritizing the involvement of both parents in a child’s life.
If you are getting divorced or are unmarred and share a child with an ex, you may have questions about how to get sole custody. How does sole custody work? Can a father get sole
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Being a parent is hard regardless of your marital status. But co-parenting kids with an ex comes with additional challenges. If you are planning to divorce or you are an unmarried parent sharing custody of your kids with an ex, you may already have experienced some of these difficulties. Parents may disagree about parenting time schedules, their child’s education or participation in extracurricular activities, healthcare, and much more.
Every co-parenting relationship is bound to experience problems, but there are steps you can take to lessen co-parenting disagreements.

Disagreements About Child-Related Issues
Parents often have strong opinions about what is best
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When a marriage breaks down, it can be hard to know what to do. Getting divorced is an irreversible action that will likely influence both spouses’ lives profoundly. Spouses contemplating divorce may be hesitant to file for divorce if they are not completely sure it is the right choice. The situation becomes more complicated if a spouse is involved in an unhappy marriage, but religion, culture, or personal beliefs prohibit divorce. Legal separation is an alternative to divorce you may want to explore if you are in a situation like this.
Legal Separation in Illinois
It is important to note
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Domestic violence victims in Illinois have the option to get an order of protection to protect themselves, their children, and their property. A protection order is often the first step in leaving an abusive marriage or relationship. Protection orders can also provide legal protection if the abuse is at the hands of an ex-romantic partner, current or former household member, or family member. Unfortunately, many domestic violence victims are unaware of their rights and options under Illinois law. This leads them to suffer in silence and without the legal protection they need. Read on to learn about protection order hearings
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Divorcing couples have many important financial issues to consider. When one or both spouses own a business, the financial complexity of divorce is amplified. The situation becomes even more complicated if the spouses owned and managed a family business together. Some spouses in this situation decide to sell the entire business and divide the proceeds equitably. This gives both spouses the opportunity to pay off debts and start their post-divorce life with some degree of financial security. Other couples decide that one spouse will keep the business and buy out the other spouse’s share with assets of equivalent value.
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If you are getting divorced, there are probably a thousand questions running through your head at any moment. Divorce can have major personal and financial implications. One issue many people worry about is what happens to debts in a divorce. You or your spouse may have student loans, credit card debts, personal loans, a mortgage, and other debts. What happens to this debt when you get divorced? Who is ultimately liable for debts accumulated during a marriage? The answers to these questions vary. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you understand your financial rights and responsibilities during your divorce
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Did you know that over seven percent of adults in the United States suffer from major depressive disorder? Depression is extremely common. The illness, marked by persistent low mood, little interest in enjoyable activities, and feelings of worthlessness, is something many people struggle with on a daily basis. Studies show that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the incidence of depression and anxiety.
If you have depression, you know how deeply it can affect your life. Going through a divorce when you have depression only adds to the difficulty.
Strategies for Divorce When You Suffer from Depression
Divorce is
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Prenuptial agreements are useful for any type of couple. Individuals may use a prenuptial agreement to protect assets, such as a small business, in the event of divorce. Individuals who choose to sacrifice career advancement to stay home with children may use a prenup to ensure they will have access to spousal support if the marriage ends. Older couples who are getting married for the second or third time may have children from a previous relationship and choose to use a prenuptial agreement for inheritance reasons. The possibilities are nearly endless. However, prenuptial agreements may be completely worthless if they
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When divorcing spouses share children together, the divorce process becomes much more complicated. In addition to financial matters like property division, the couple must also address child-related concerns like child custody and child support. Read on to learn about some of the top questions Illinois parents have about parenting time and what you can do to get personalized legal guidance during your divorce case.
How is Parenting Time Different Than Child Custody?
One of the most complicated parts of the divorce process is navigating the sea of confusing legal terms and language. Illinois law no longer uses the term child
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For any parent, the prospect of paying for college can be daunting. College tuition is becoming more and more expensive each year. Unmarried and divorced parents may be understandably even more concerned about how to finance their child’s higher education. Paying for tuition, housing, books, and other educational fees can be even harder to manage in a one-income household.
The average annual cost of attending an in-state public university is just over $25,000 in 2022. For a private university, that number more than doubles. If you are unmarried or divorced and you have kids, it is important to understand
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Before a divorce can be completed, divorcing spouses must address multiple issues including the division of marital assets and debts, parental responsibilities, parenting time, and spousal support. Some spouses are able to reach a decision through alternative resolution methods like mediation. Others can negotiate a settlement through their attorneys. However, when all else fails, a divorce case may advance to trial. Whether you have just filed for divorce or you are well into the process, it is important to know how divorce trials work in Illinois.
Divorce Discovery and Pretrial Conferences Precede a Divorce
Before a divorce
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Taxes are probably the last thing on your mind if your marriage is ending. You may be more focused on the immediate financial implications of the split, the divorce’s effect on your children, ownership of the marital home, and other issues. However, divorce can have major tax implications for both spouses. Read on to learn about some of the top tax-related issues Illinois couples encounter when they divorce.
Tax Implications of Property Division
You and your spouse will need to value and divide your shared property in your divorce. The way you distribute property can have certain tax advantages
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