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Of the many issues that crop up during a divorce, alimony and spousal maintenance can be the most contentious. Most parents accept they need to provide child support, but the idea of making payments to their ex in alimony and maintenance is upsetting. Conversely, the spouse seeking support may require it to pay for necessary ongoing living expenses. If you have a question about this complex and contentious subject, Michael C. Craven and the Chicago maintenance lawyers at his firm can help.
When Is Spousal Support Necessary?
Alimony, also called maintenance or spousal support, is not designed to punish the
Continue Reading Illinois Alimony And Maintenance Guidelines Often Do Not Apply

In a divorce, there are many questions. Who will get the house? What about child support? Will I need to pay spousal maintenance, also known as alimony?
Below are some critical things about divorce and spousal maintenance in Illinois. Have questions about divorce and spousal maintenance? Then, contact Cook County spousal maintenance attorney Michael C. Craven for assistance with your situation.
Spousal Maintenance Rules Are Gender Neutral
In Illinois, maintenance is the term usually used for alimony. Spousal maintenance is the money your ex must pay you when there is a divorce. The idea behind maintenance is to help
Continue Reading Spousal Maintenance Guidelines Are Gender Neutral In Illinois

Whatever the reason for your divorce, most breakups follow the same legal process in Illinois. First, one spouse files the divorce petition, then there is a discovery and negotiation phase. Then, a settlement is entered in the divorce court as a final decree of divorce. Divorces are almost always painful and difficult experiences for married couples.
However, divorce can be even more challenging when there is a lot of money involved. There are considerable differences when divorce involves people with high net worth. The discovery and negotiation process can be more contentious in these complex cases. Contact Chicago high
Continue Reading How High Net Worth Divorce Cases are Different

Divorce is a deeply personal event in a person’s life, but divorce cases are still official court proceedings that are subject to procedural requirements and court rules. One important factor is how the process gets started, and divorce cases are initiated by one spouse filing a petition for dissolution of marriage.
 
The petition submitted to the court states facts to establish that the court has authority over the spouses and their marriage, and it includes the petitioning spouse’s general requests to the court for the relief he or she seeks. It is then necessary to serve the documents on
Continue Reading A Default Divorce Judgment in Illinois

Parental decision-making, parenting time, and child support are among the key considerations you expect when addressing Illinois child custody. Taxes are probably not top of mind when working out these details. Illinois uses the term allocation of parental responsibilities to refer to custody, so you are focusing on how co-parents determine the important issues involved with raising the child.
However, a key issue that is closely tied to child custody is the residential arrangement, and this is where taxes enter the picture. Parents may share in decision making, but the child will probably primarily reside with one; the other pays
Continue Reading Child Custody and Tax Exemptions

Many divorced parents will admit that co-parenting and dealing with Illinois child custody issues are among the biggest challenges they face after the case concludes. You can probably guess that positive outcomes are possible with a solid co-parenting arrangement, and a Psychology Today article covers this topic. Children better understand the concepts of conscience and morality and are more likely to develop an easygoing personality, when co-parents work together. Conflicts often lead to higher levels of misbehavior.
 
Still, even when you agree on the need for positive co-parenting, it is not always clear how to get there. You should
Continue Reading Making Co-Parenting Work

Divorce can be complicated and emotionally exhausting, so parties understandably want to move through it as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, delays can impact the proceedings, making it feel like your case is mired in the legal process. You should be aware that some are an unavoidable product of the law. Meeting the detailed requirements of the Illinois Dissolution of Marriage Act can take time as the parties address property division, alimony, and issues related to minor children.
However, there are also disruptions that can affect your individual divorce case. By working with divorce lawyers in Chicago, you are in
Continue Reading Common Causes for Divorce Delays

Emotional factors play a significant role in an Illinois divorce case, but with asset division, ending your marriage is similar to dissolving a business. Though Illinois’ statute on the disposition of property and debts is much more detailed than this short description, the basic principles still apply:
Everything acquired by the couple during the marriage is presumed to be subject to equitable distribution. The asset division process starts by classifying marital versus separate property (also known as non-marital property), and then the marital items and/or value is divided up between the parties according to the interests of fairness.
Therefore, the
Continue Reading Signs Your Spouse May be Concealing Assets During Your Divorce

Parenting is a rewarding experience, and you will learn just as much as you teach while raising your child. However, it can also be challenging as you try to balance your responsibilities to raise a well-rounded individual and maintain a solid parent-child relationship.
These challenges are compounded for parents who do not live under the same roof. Custody will be a key issue in divorce, but the issue involves more than where the child lives and who gets visitation. Illinois law uses the term allocation of parental responsibilities to refer to making the important decisions about how to raise the
Continue Reading Are Your Parenting Arrangements Promoting Positive Effects?

Divorces can be simple, civil, and even somewhat gratifying to some parties. The prospect of leaving a marriage that was not working and starting over fresh can be an exciting start to a new chapter. For others, a divorce can mean pain, suffering, and long-term hardship and challenges. And in these situations, an unknown outlook and future can be very scary. Obtaining the divorce settlement you desire and deserve can be challenging enough. No one wants to need to worry about the divorce orders being followed, yet some do.
Residents of Illinois can secure trusted legal guidance and support when
Continue Reading Enforcing A Court Order After A Divorce

Getting divorced in Illinois is a challenging proposition without having to worry about divvying up assets. Even in the most amicable situations, when it comes to dividing wealth, there can be much contention that comes about. And, the acquisition of assets during a marriage can be substantial. It can take many years to replace such wealth. It is critical, therefore, to keep some of your assets when getting divorced and be able to secure the most favorable financial outcome for your life after divorce.
For more help through each step of the divorce process, residents of Illinois can call on
Continue Reading Dividing Retirement Assets In An Illinois Divorce Case

Divorce is a word that seldom brings a sense of happiness or joy. In fact, divorce can be the low point of people’s lives and can be extremely challenging both emotionally and logistically. For many divorcees, their focus lies solely on the emotional part, and they spend little to no time considering the financial effects. Those effects can be devastating and must be carefully considered before agreeing to any divorce arrangement.
 
There are numerous issues to consider when thinking about divorce. Do you have kids? Do you own a home? What type of savings, if any, are present? What
Continue Reading Avoiding Financial Pitfalls In a Divorce

In this post, we will discuss why parenting agreements are so important during the divorce process.
Divorce can go one of two ways:

  • It can go smoothly, in which case the parties agree on asset division, child custody, and all else involved.
  • It can be rough in which case the parties do not agree on anything and there is quite a bit of contention.
  • Typically, when two parties are more agreeable the process of divorce can resolve sooner than when there is animosity and a lack of cooperation. Although many couples will focus their energy fighting for their split of
    Continue Reading Importance of Formalizing Parenting Agreements

    If you are considering divorce or already a party to a dissolution of marriage case in Illinois, you might already know that division of property will be one of the key issues in the proceedings. State law on the topic requires equitable distribution of marital assets, basically describing a two-step process. You first classify real estate and personal property as being marital or separate. Assets owned by a spouse before the wedding are generally his or hers to keep. Marital assets acquired during the marriage are subject to equitable distribution, which means dividing them fairly instead of an exact
    Continue Reading Illinois Divorce and How It Affects My Spouse’s Inheritance

    At the outset, you should keep one key point in mind about divorce in Illinois. The Illinois statute on the dissolution of marriage is no-fault, which means nothing can stop you if you want a divorce. There are some basic procedural requirements, however. When filing the petition for divorce, at least one of the spouses must be a resident of Illinois or be stationed in the state for at least 90 days via military service. The petition must also state that irreconcilable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marital relationship, and reconciliation is not practical. This requirement
    Continue Reading I Want a Divorce but My Spouse is Hiding Assets

    In an ideal world, parents who are not involved in a relationship can still work out and comply with their parenting plan that covers child custody and visitation. The reality is that you could encounter a situation where your ex violates the arrangement, potentially putting strains on your schedule, employment, and other aspects of your personal life. Fortunately, Illinois’ statute on the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time also provides you with tools when your child’s other parent is not following the plan. You can bring the issue back before the court by seeking enforcement, though there may be
    Continue Reading My Ex is Not Following the Parenting Plan – Now What?