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One of the reasons that people frequently cite for staying in unhappy marriages is the high cost of getting divorced. For homemakers or stay-at-home parents, this is especially true. When you do not have an income of your own and are worried whether inflation and a looming recession will make it impossible to make ends meet, divorce can seem like a pie in the sky. 
But you may be surprised to learn that Illinois law has provisions for ensuring unemployed spouses are not trapped in bad marriages forever because they cannot afford their own divorce attorney. If you are considering
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Although most divorced parents in Illinois are eager to spend more time with their kids, a few parents are flaky or disinterested. While on the surface, this may seem like a great way for the other parent to get more time with the kids, in reality, it leads to frustrated plans and – even worse – disappointed children. If you are in this situation, you already know how hard it can be to deal with an ex who does not show up for his or her parenting time. The good news is that there are options for taking action.
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When parents divorce, it is standard for the parent with less parenting time to pay child support to help finance their children’s needs. Children have the right to be financially supported by their parents in Illinois. Most child support orders from the court end when the children involved turn 18 years old and become an adult. However, there are circumstances where child support payments are extended to non-minor children.
When is Non-Minor Child Support Required?
There are a few key reasons the court may require non-minor child support payments from a parent. Below are the three most common reasons
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It is normal to have many questions about the process when going through a divorce. There are two main types of divorces, and they differ in a few ways. An uncontested divorce refers to a divorce process that is amicable and communicative. A contested divorce, on the other hand, involves partners who are in disagreement over one or more divorce issues. Contested and uncontested divorces vary in a few ways, including duration and price. Here are five key differences between contested and uncontested divorces.
The main difference between a contested and an uncontested divorce is the degree of
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In an Illinois divorce, the state divides marital property in an equitable, fair fashion. Marital property is divided between the spouses based on many factors including their contributions to the marriage, financial resources, earning capacity, and needs. If one spouse receives the house after the divorce, the other may receive a more significant portion of the retirement account. However, what happens to personal belongings and family heirlooms during a divorce? Can a spouse be awarded the other’s personal belongings?
Shared Versus Unshared Property
Property division during a divorce is considered under the umbrella of two property types— shared
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When dealing with a divorce, it is not uncommon to come across a contentious spouse. The disagreements between two partners often lead them to feel contempt for one another and break down their ability to communicate and reach a mutual agreement. The inability to communicate is usually expressed during the divorce process — contested divorces can include a failure to agree on various elements of a divorce decree. However, a problematic spouse can also lead to a difficult ex-partner. Suppose your ex does not uphold their end of the divorce agreement, including failure to pay spousal support. In
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Making the decision to divorce your spouse is difficult. However, breaking the news to your children can become another hurdle. News of a separation, divorce, or breakup can be highly unsettling for children, especially young ones. Kids thrive off of routine and stability, making separation difficult for them to accept. If you are struggling to break the news of a breakup with your kids, here are ten tips that can help you prepare for a conversation.

1. Meet with a Child Psychologist
Many psychologists and therapists specialize in working with children. Having a licensed counselor working alongside your children
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 If you feel that your relationship with your spouse is ending, you may be ready to terminate your marriage. Choosing to divorce a spouse is not easy, and most partners conduct lots of research before making this life-changing decision. Spouses may look into the cost of divorce, how to divide shared property, and use testimonies from other divorced couples to understand the divorce process. However, just like each couple, every divorce differs in many ways. 
Contested and Uncontested Divorce in Illinois 
Divorces can come in many forms. The most common distinction between divorces is whether the process is
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 Separation before a divorce can be confusing for many reasons. While you are still legally married, you and your partner may live apart. Your partnership may feel more like a series of legal obligations to sort through before your divorce is finalized. While being separated allows couples to begin independent lives as single individuals, spouses still have legal obligations to one another. Partners must make many decisions during separation, including how to remain financially afloat. 
Who Pays the Bills?
Illinois courts will attempt to maintain the status quo when deciding who pays which bills throughout the divorce process. Essentially,
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The divorce process opens the door to new discussions for partners. It can be challenging to know how to navigate the many gray areas uncovered throughout a divorce, such as how much spousal support will be awarded, who will stay living in the shared family home, and which financial assets belong to each respective spouse. One common question posed during a divorce is how to pay bills during the marriage dissolution process. In short, the answer to this question is that it depends. There are a few key distinctions to consider when deciding how to pay family bills during
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Choosing to divorce your spouse is a difficult decision. There are various reasons that couples make the final decision to dissolve their marriage, from infidelity to unmatched values. Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, which means that spouses do not need to express the reasoning behind the divorce. In a no-fault divorce, the only grounds for divorce are irreconcilable differences. 
Defining Irreconcilable Differences
When things are irreconcilable, they are unable to be made compatible. In divorce terms, irreconcilable differences refer to couples being completely incompatible and unable to resolve their differences. This is an overarching term used to describe the
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Throughout a marriage, couples wind up sharing virtually everything from a house to bank accounts. When spouses decide to make the difficult decision to file for divorce and dissolve their marriage, they must discuss how to divide this shared marital property. They may consult a divorce attorney to discuss who will remain in the family home, which spouse will receive most parenting time or custody of the children, and how debt payments will be divided and paid off. Most people focus on these big-ticket items. However, many other types of overlooked shared marital property are essential to consider when
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Most people believe that a divorce attorney is only necessary for a contested, highly volatile divorce. This theory is often portrayed in the media, from high-profile celebrity divorce cases to movies that depict lawyers fighting for their clients in court. Although attorneys can be used in contested situations or to help provide mediation between parties, divorce law can cover a variety of situations, including uncontested divorces. Even when both spouses agree about divorce issues like property division and parental responsibilities, a lawyer can help facilitate the process, file the correct documents with the court, and ensure the marriage dissolution
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Every divorce is different and unique to the family undergoing marriage dissolution. When spouses cannot agree upon these decisions together, there are many different routes that families can take to complete a divorce, such as mediation between spouses. During a divorce, litigation is usually seen as a last resort. Litigation can be intimidating, time-consuming, and expensive. If a settlement is not reached, litigation will move to trial.
The Reason Why Divorce Cases Move to Trial
The main reason divorces move to trial is because spouses are unable to reach an agreement about one or more divorce issues. A trial will
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It can seem like a nightmare scenario when your ex-spouse withholds visitation or parenting time with your children. However, there are many legal avenues that a parent can take to ensure they receive their fair share of parenting time with their children. Typically, the allocation of parenting responsibilities and parenting time is detailed in the divorce agreement — a legally binding document. Since the divorce decree is a court order, spouses must uphold it. If either spouse or parent chooses to breach the terms in a divorce decree, they can face significant consequences. 
Option 1: Mediation
Sometimes, parents need to
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When couples that have children together decide to file for a divorce, many challenging questions arise regarding how to continue raising and supporting the children. These questions include who will retain the majority of parenting time, where the children will live, how parents will divide custody and visitation time, and which parent will be required to pay child support. Child support is the amount of financial assistance that the parent with less parenting time will pay to the parent with the greater amount of parenting time. These payments are usually a part of a divorced couple’s divorce
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