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One reason parents get nervous about going through a divorce is finances. Even if only one spouse works and earns a salary, the household and child-raising expenses are shared and jointly managed by the couple. If you have been a stay-at-home mom depending on your husband’s income, the idea of managing financially on your own can be overwhelming.
Child support is meant to help. If one parent ends up taking on more of the child-raising responsibilities after a divorce, the other parent needs to send them regular payments to compensate for it. Often, this is a logical arrangement that suits
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Breakups are generally difficult to go through emotionally. Even if the people breaking up with each other have a great deal of respect and appreciation for one another, they are still acknowledging that they are unable to overcome differences or obstacles and are better off apart than together. It can be a harsh conclusion to come to, even more so if the couple is married with children. People tend to prefer staying together and raising their children as a couple, but sometimes that simply is not possible.
Parents going through a divorce need to figure out how they will be
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When a couple gets divorced in Illinois, one of the parties often must pay spousal support, or alimony, to the other. The amount of alimony payments and their duration are based on several factors, such as:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The income of each spouse
  • Which spouse has child custody

Sometimes a spouse is ordered to pay alimony indefinitely, and sometimes he or she must pay spousal support for a fixed amount of time. In either case, spousal support can be terminated in certain circumstances, such as remarriage. 
This article will discuss when remarriage affects alimony, though any
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Getting a divorce in Illinois requires planning. This is especially true when it comes to finances that will be affected by the divorce. People who dissolve their marriages often lose considerable amounts of money in the form of:

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

If you get divorced, it is best to first make sure you are gainfully employed if possible. This will allow you to plan a budget for after the divorce and not sink too far into debt.
But sometimes, divorce is not up to you. If your spouse files for divorce and
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In the state of Illinois, child support payments are calculated based on several factors, with special emphasis placed on the payer’s income. This brings up a logical question. What if your income does not always remain as it was at the time that you got divorced? If you lose your job, can you stop making those payments? If you get a raise, do you need to pay more? Just like with all other aspects of your divorce settlement, the answer to these questions is that it all depends on your specific circumstances. If you were given a raise at work
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There are many reasons why a couple might wish to end their marriage. While the state of Illinois takes marriage seriously, and there is a process that needs to be carried out for a couple to end theirs, ending it is a legally recognized possibility, and no one needs to feel stuck. Whether you or your spouse have changed in some way, or you realize you never should have gotten married in the first place, you certainly have legal options for putting an end to your marriage. This article will describe some of those, and an experienced DuPage County, IL
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Domestic violence is, unfortunately, a very common occurrence. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control have stated that millions of Americans are affected by domestic violence every year. When someone is a victim of domestic violence, it can be extremely difficult for them to leave the situation, considering all the ways they will need to start over, but no one should have to suffer through the awful experience of being abused in their home or by a relative. If this describes you, please know that you have options, and a Wheaton, IL family law attorney can help.
Order of Protection
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While we have all seen the familiar scenes on screen of a bitter divorce being settled in a tense courtroom with a judge banging their gavel and calling everyone to order, reality can often be quite different. Some couples dissolve their marriage amicably. Even though they no longer feel it makes sense for them to stay married, they might still have positive feelings towards each other. Even if they no longer feel the love, if the two spouses are good parents, they might manage to put aside their personal feelings for the sake of their child, even wanting their future
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One issue that is stressful for a couple amid the divorce process is that of property division. On the one hand, there is the monetary value to think about. On the other hand, there are emotional and logistical considerations to take into account. The family home can be a source of memories, and whether they are good memories or painful ones can affect whether someone wants to stay in it after a divorce. It can also be a source of shelter and security and can provide a sense of stability to children who may be involved. Suffice it to
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One of the best-known facts of life is that things change. For better or for worse, you can plan something for your future and then find that your situation is extremely different just a few years later and your plans are no longer relevant. The same is true for plans made as part of a divorce settlement
You might have been gainfully employed at the time of your divorce and have committed to pay a certain sum in child support. The amount that would make a huge difference in your ex’s ability to cover childcare costs might not have
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Children who witness domestic violence or who experience the violence first hand will likely suffer both short and long-term damage. The short-term damage is often obvious but the long-term damage can go unnoticed well into adulthood. When domestic violence arises in a household, whether you require immediate support for your children or an order of protection for yourself, it is a good idea to involve a lawyer as soon as possible.
Short-Term Effects of Domestic Violence in Children
Children can be affected in many ways after witnessing or experiencing domestic violence from a family member, especially one of authority. The
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Every parent’s situation is different and as such it can be difficult to create a perfect parenting time schedule. Oftentimes a 50/50 split is not the best solution and, in cases where parents cannot agree or there are questions of parental fitness, it may be up to the court to determine the best interest of the children and the appropriate parenting time schedule. Illinois prefers that each child has two involved parents in their life so long as it does not affect the mental, physical, emotional, or moral well-being of the child. For a deeper understanding of how parenting
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Even the most happily married couples can benefit from drafting a postnuptial agreement. Though it may have been better to sign a premarital agreement before tying the knot, a postnuptial agreement can still enable both parties to protect their interests in the event the blissful union comes crashing down in the future. For help with drafting either a premarital agreement or postnuptial agreement, consult an experienced and qualified lawyer.
What is a Postnuptial Agreement?
Premarital agreements occur before getting married. Both parties sign a contract defining what belongs to them and remain with them should a divorce happen
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Traditional divorce litigation can be mentally, emotionally, and financially draining for both parties. Contested divorces are oftentimes extremely ugly as much as they are expensive. Collaborative divorce is a terrific alternative that could lead to a more amicable divorce settlement. Collaborative divorce requires legal representation. A skilled and experienced divorce attorney who understands collaborative law can be a boon to your efforts.
What is Collaborative Law?
Collaborative divorce differs from traditional litigation in that it is an entirely voluntary process that allows couples to try and work out their differences away from the typical courtroom drama. Rather than trying to
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The thought of bringing a child into your loving home should be one of joy and anticipation. Housing a child in need of a family is a tremendous display of bravery and commitment. However, there are those in the world who are corrupt and would choose to rain on your parade through deceptive tactics. Choosing to adopt means remaining vigilant to possible adoption scams and professionals out to disrupt your happiness. Though not necessary, seeking legal counsel and support from a trusted and experienced attorney before engaging in the adoption process is highly recommended.
Common Adoption Scams
Adoption scams can
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Getting married is a big decision you do not want to take lightly. One thing to think about is all of the financial implications of getting married before you say “I do.” A good way to protect your finances and assets is with a prenuptial agreement (prenup), also known in Illinois as a premarital agreement.
Whether or not a prenup is a good idea will depend on your individual circumstances. Having an in-depth discussion with an attorney is a great idea if you are currently leaning toward the side of uncertainty.

What Can I Include in a Prenup?
Premarital agreements
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