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Divorce in DuPage County, IL can become a heated and competitive endeavor that sometimes results in spouses trying to hide assets from each other. From hiding cash in a secret place to hiding cryptocurrency in an offshore bank account, it can be difficult to find and prove that hidden marital assets really exist and deserve to be divided as part of the marital estate.
Hiding property is an unfair and unethical behavior that does not just affect the division of marital property – it can also affect child support payments and spousal maintenance payments by making a business owner’s revenue
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When parents of underage children get divorced in Illinois, they must create a parenting plan as part of their divorce decree. Parents are encouraged to work together to create this parenting plan without the help of a judge and may be ordered to attend mediation if necessary in order to do so. Although working together with your ex may not be easy, both parents are far more likely to be satisfied with the terms of their parenting agreement when they create it themselves.
Parenting agreements contain many different parts, including when children will be with each parent, where holidays will
Continue Reading The Right of First Refusal: Is it Right For You? 

When they are written well, prenuptial agreements are legally binding contracts that specify how a couple’s finances, at least in part, will be handled in a divorce. While most people have signed arbitration clauses in contracts like user agreements (often included in the fine print that nobody reads), those same people may be surprised to learn that arbitration agreements can also be included in an Illinois prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. 
Arbitration can be beneficial for many reasons, most of which are similar to the purpose of the pre- or postnuptial agreement itself: Avoiding protracted courtroom hostilities and ensuring parties can
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Couples deciding to get divorced in Illinois have generally thought through the impact that separation will have on their own lives. But it is also important to carefully consider how divorce will impact your children, who do not have the maturity to understand why parents separate and what these changes mean. While all divorcing parents must create a parenting agreement that describes parental responsibilities and parenting time, attention must also be given to helping children make the major adjustment to visiting parents in different homes. Here are a few tips that can help. 
Treat Your Co-Parent With Respect 
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Some Illinois couples get divorced because of financial disagreements; other couples get divorced because of differences in how they want to raise their children. Still more couples get divorced because of abuse, adultery, or neglect. These issues can make pursuing a divorce a fairly straightforward, if difficult, decision to make. 
However, some people find they absolutely cannot stand their spouse – but for reasons they might feel embarrassed or nervous to share with friends and family. If the way your spouse eats, blows their nose, breathes, fidgets, or snores in their sleep makes you want to tear your marriage certificate
Continue Reading I Cannot Stand the Noises My Spouse Makes. Is That A Good Enough Reason For Divorce?

When a couple who shares children and owns property wants to get an Illinois divorce, they will need to draft a marital settlement agreement (MSA) before the divorce can be finalized. A marital settlement agreement, or divorce agreement, is the contract that details exactly how a married couple will divide their marital assets and debt and handle child-related issues. Once the MSA is drafted, a judge can approve it and include it in the Judgment of Dissolution, which is handed down when the marriage ends. So, do you need an MSA? And, if so, what does an MSA need
Continue Reading What Does a Marital Settlement Agreement Need to Address? 

Couples in Illinois often live together for many years without considering or pursuing marriage. Cohabitation without marriage may be preferable for many different reasons, including partners who come from very difficult cultures, couples who want to save the money and hassle of planning a wedding, or people for whom marriage is just not a priority. Although these reasons are legitimate, the truth is that marriage in Illinois gives partners rights and protections during divorce that do not exist for cohabitating couples, no matter how long they have been living together. 
Partners who have owned property and shared a home for
Continue Reading Can I Prove We Were in a Common Law Marriage in Illinois?  

Spouses getting divorced in Illinois must manage the negotiation of their marital assets, including determining which assets are marital property and which are personally owned. While this sounds straightforward, in practice it can be a very difficult and contentious process. This is especially true for couples with a high net worth and complex assets, but even spouses who have inherited relatively small amounts may struggle with determining what is marital property and personal property. 
Fortunately, there is a process called asset tracing that can help spouses determine how much of an asset is marital property. Asset tracing can also help
Continue Reading When Can Asset Tracing Be Helpful in a DuPage County Divorce? 

Divorces involving spouses from two different countries may present the issue of dividing assets owned by one or both spouses in a location other than America. This can present a number of complications for an Illinois divorce because if a spouse is determined to hide international assets or lie about their value, it can be difficult to find or assess the exact value of an asset. Fortunately, attorneys with experience with dissolution of arranged marriages can help spouses who own complex assets overseas divide their assets fairly. 
Is a Foreign Asset a Marital Asset? 
Whether a piece of property, bank
Continue Reading How Can I Ensure Our International Assets Are Fairly Divided in Our Illinois Divorce? 

Even in the most ideal circumstances, getting divorced is challenging and involves a thorough understanding of complex Illinois law. But when one or both spouses are active members of the United States Armed Forces and are deployed, divorce becomes more complicated because military divorce laws apply. If you or your spouse are an active member of the USAF, here are three ways a military deployment could affect your Illinois divorce.

You May Need to Establish Residency
Before someone can successfully file for divorce, they need to make sure that the courts in their area have jurisdiction over their case.
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One common reason many Illinois couples pursue divorce is because of very different opinions regarding how their children should be raised. Unfortunately, after a divorce is finalized and a parenting agreement has been made, these issues often continue to be a problem because parents must continue to raise the children. When one parent has a laissez-faire attitude towards things like homework completion, the other parent may become increasingly frustrated by failing grades, notes from school, and constantly feeling like the “bad guy” for enforcing homework. If you are co-parenting in Illinois and this situation sounds familiar, read on. 
What Does
Continue Reading What Can I Do if My Ex Will Not Make Our Children Do Their Homework? 

Whether an attachment to a car is sentimental or purely practical, vehicles are an important part of the marital property division process in an Illinois divorce. Sometimes the division can be as simple as each spouse taking the vehicle they drive the most, but differences in vehicle value and when the vehicles were purchased and paid for can complicate the situation. If you are getting divorced and have questions about how vehicles and other marital property could be divided, an Illinois divorce attorney can help.

Who Gets the Cars in the Property Division?
If a spouse owned their car
Continue Reading What Happens to Vehicles in an Illinois Divorce? 

Once an Illinois couple has decided to get divorced, both partners usually want the divorce to end as soon as possible. Although sometimes delays in the legal system are inevitable and complications arise, when spouses work cooperatively, divorce does not need to take longer than the time it takes to resolve all relevant issues. 
However, sometimes one spouse will try to use divorce proceedings to manipulate the other spouse. They may contest the divorce or try to drag on negotiations to keep their spouse from getting what they want out of the divorce or from beginning a new life without
Continue Reading What Can I Do If My Spouse Is Using Divorce Negotiations to Manipulate Me?

Most Illinoisans are familiar with concepts like violent domestic abuse and emotional abuse. However, marital abuse comes in many different forms, and one form that people are often less familiar with is financial abuse. Although someone suffering from financial abuse may have no outward signs of being abused, this type of abuse can still lead to extreme suffering and hardship, especially if someone feels trapped in a marriage because they have no money to leave. 
Women are most often the victims of marital financial abuse, but it can happen to anyone of any gender, regardless of whether their marriage is
Continue Reading Three Signs of Marital Financial Abuse in Illinois

As anyone who has ever known a narcissist well can attest, setting boundaries and planning daily tasks with someone who is constantly obsessing over their own image and self-importance can be next to impossible. Parenting, which requires empathy, sacrifice, and humility, is particularly difficult with a narcissist as a partner and when you are facing many years of co-parenting with a narcissist, you may feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, others before you have managed this daunting task and come out the other side. Here are some tips for co-parenting with a narcissist. 
Rely on the Courts For Help
Manipulation and coercion often
Continue Reading Help! My Ex-Spouse is a Narcissist and Now We Have to Co-Parent

Most people in Illinois do not spend much time making major financial negotiations. With exceptions like homes and cars, a price on an item is generally set and if the price is too high, the purchaser simply walks away. In a divorce, however, the outcome of major financial negotiations has the potential to impact spouses for many years – perhaps even the rest of their lives. Asset and debt division, child support, and alimony (or spousal support, as it is called in Illinois) are important issues that must be handled carefully. Even for the savviest businessman or woman,
Continue Reading Four Tips For Your Illinois Asset Division Negotiation