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For many spouses who go through divorce, alimony — also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance — is a lifeline. This is especially true for stay-at-home parents who will struggle to re-enter the workforce after the divorce. A divorce court will issue a spousal support order if it feels that one spouse needs the financial help.
However, alimony is rarely paid forever. There are certain scenarios in which your ex can stop making spousal support payments, some of which will be discussed in this article. Remember that the best way to know if your alimony is in jeopardy is
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Divorce interrogatories are often a part of the discovery process. Discovery is a legal tool that allows each party to the divorce to gain information from the other regarding marital finances, assets, liabilities, and any other relevant divorce matters. The discovery process can feel invasive and can be stressful, but it serves an important purpose.
 Discovery is meant to provide transparency to both parties, which is crucial when dividing assets and determining spousal maintenance, child support, and more. The discovery process also allows the attorneys on both sides to build a solid case for their client. Discovery methods may include:
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One of the more complex parts of the divorce process in Illinois is property division, where the spouses divide their marital property. Illinois law defines marital property as assets that were acquired by either spouse during the marriage. These assets — with some exceptions — belong to both spouses and are divided in a divorce.
But the more assets there are and the higher their value, the higher the chance they will be squandered in the divorce. This article will discuss what a dissipation of assets claim is and how a spouse can recover lost assets. Keep in mind that
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Getting divorced in Illinois is challenging, especially if you disagree with your spouse on any issues. The process can be even more challenging, however, if you have the wrong attorney representing you. A divorce lawyer can muddle a simple divorce if he or she is:

  • Incompetent
  • Ignorant
  • Unprofessional
  • Dishonest
  • Overworked

On the other hand, a great Illinois divorce attorney can turn a complicated, messy divorce into a straightforward process with minimal complications.
Here are five signs that it might be time to find a new Illinois divorce attorney.
A good lawyer knows how to use the law to your
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Divorce is an extremely difficult decision to make. Ending a marriage has a wide range of consequences that impact many people around you. Children, relatives, and even pets are emotionally and psychologically affected by divorce. Many spouses who dissolve their marriages are also financially impacted by the decision. For some people, deciding to get divorced is difficult for religious reasons.
Many partners, therefore, are hesitant to call an Illinois divorce attorney about untying the knot. Some want to get divorced, but they are not sure it is the right thing to do. Others feel it is the right thing to
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It is common for parents who are going through a divorce in Illinois to disagree on issues in the divorce process. When these issues involve a child, a judge might appoint a guardian ad litem. Guardian ad litem is Latin for “guardian for the lawsuit,” and it is the guardian ad litem’s job to represent the child’s interests during the divorce process.
A guardian ad litem is an attorney who has received guardian child advocacy training and certification. This means that he or she is uniquely qualified to represent a child in court. A guardian ad litem can be extremely
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In Illinois, assets that are gained by either spouse during a marriage are considered marital property. When a couple gets divorced, both spouses are entitled to a share of the marital property, with some exceptions. During the divorce process, a court will review the marital assets and divide them between the parties. This procedure is called asset division or property division. Once the divorce decree is finalized, asset division is permanent.
But what can you do if you feel the court made an error when dividing the assets? Consulting with a qualified divorce attorney would be the best course
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Sexual intimacy is widely considered to be a crucial part of marriage. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a married couple to experience a lack of sexual intimacy. This happens when:

  • A spouse suffers from sexual dysfunction.
  • A spouse withholds sex from the other.
  • The spouses lose sexual attraction to each other.

Some couples believe that a lack of sexual intimacy is important but not a reason to get a divorce. Others feel that if there is no sexual intimacy, the marriage cannot (or should not) survive. You must do whatever you feel is best in your situation.
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Getting divorced in Illinois is challenging enough. Getting fired during your divorce is an incredible hardship.
Luckily, some courts understand that. If you lose your job during a divorce, contact your divorce attorney. He or she will explain how your job loss may be able to earn you some reprieve in other areas of the divorce process. This article will discuss some of those areas, such as:

  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Debt division

However, keep in mind that if you want a court to be sympathetic to your job loss, you will need to explain why it happened.
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There is a lot of emphasis placed on the divorce process, and for good reason. Getting divorced in Illinois is a massive legal undertaking that requires a skilled divorce attorney who knows how to navigate the process.
As if that is not difficult enough, many people who get divorced must cope with the five stages of grief, also known as the Kübler-Ross model. This model is usually used to explain how people feel after the death of a loved one. Because the human mind often treats divorce as a loss similar to death, the five stages of grief also
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When a couple gets divorced in Illinois, both spouses are entitled to marital property. Marital property refers to assets that were acquired during the marriage by either spouse, with some exceptions:

  • Inheritances
  • Gifts exclusively for one spouse
  • Property that was acquired by using non-marital assets as collateral

During a divorce, marital property must be distributed between the spouses equally. Sometimes, a spouse tries to hide his or her assets so that they are not divided with the other party. It is illegal to hide assets during a divorce, but hidden assets are sometimes hard to find. An experienced Illinois
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In any child custody dispute, an Illinois court tries to accommodate both the rights of the parents and the best interest of the child. When those two things conflict, the court will side with the child’s interests. To determine what is in the child’s best interest, courts can use several tools at their disposal, one of which is a psychological evaluation.
A psychological evaluation of one or both of the parents can be ordered by the court if the judge is concerned that the parent may be harmful to the child. However, a spouse can also request that the
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Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, which means that spouses who want to get divorced do not need to show that someone is to blame for the divorce. A court only needs to know that there are “irreconcilable differences” such that the marriage cannot survive.
Unlike some other states, Illinois divorce law does not generally care whether a spouse engaged in marital misconduct. Courts are not allowed to take such misbehavior into account when:

  • Deciding how assets should be divided
  • Making decisions about family maintenance, including spousal support and child support

There are certain cases, however, in which marital
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When navigating an Illinois divorce, splitting assets in an equitable manner is crucial to the dissolution of the marriage process. But what if your spouse is not as forthcoming about his or her finances as you are? There are three common methods your spouse may use in an attempt to hide assets in your divorce. Understanding these tactics can ensure that, if your spouse does attempt to hide assets, you can be ready to identify his or her deceitful actions and make sure they do not influence your final divorce decree and damage your financial future.  
The knowledgeable attorneys
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When a woman gives birth in Illinois, her husband is automatically considered the legal father. This is also the case if:

  • The parents divorced less than 300 days before or after the birth.
  • The parents entered into any other kind of legal relationship, such as a civil union, within 300 days of the birth.

If the parents do not enter a legal relationship, however, then the law does not assume that anyone is the father. In this case, the father must declare his fatherhood and, in some cases, prove it. This is called establishing paternity.
However, if the father
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In some high-conflict divorces, one spouse tries to harm the other spouse with false allegations of abuse. He or she accuses the other spouse of engaging in physical, emotional, or sexual abuse against an adult or child. These allegations can affect the accused spouse in severe ways. For example:

  • It can cost him or her child custody.
  • He or she can receive prison time.
  • He or she can be burdened with a criminal record.

Law enforcement and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) are required to take every accusation seriously. If a report is made against
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