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Few people know how challenging and complex the financial side of a divorce truly is. There are so many financial considerations that need to be made when a divorce is taking place. If the divorcing parties have children, which parent will pay child support? Or how will the distribution of marital property be handled? All of these financial questions and more arise when going through a divorce.
During divorce proceedings, an incredibly challenging subject and often an area of contention is whether each spouse is truthful regarding financial information. The situation can become even more complicated if one spouse
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Divorce can be quite costly, both financially and emotionally. This is especially true if you and your spouse have children. In addition, divorce can be challenging and confusing for children, who are too young to understand the complex nature of adult relationships. Therefore, to minimize the effect of a divorce on children, understanding their needs is essential to help ensure the process is as least traumatic as possible.
You may have heard of “guardian ad litem” and “child representative.” However, have you ever heard of a child specialist? This blog will explain what a child specialist is and how they
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Children are often caught in the middle of divorce proceedings, causing more significant amounts of stress to the divorcing parties. When parents get divorced, parents are often concerned that the divorce will disrupt their children’s lives. To alleviate the burden of the impending divorce, parents must create a parenting plan. Within a parenting plan, topics like the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time guidelines are set so that once the divorce is finalized, the children’s lives will be as stable as possible. 
Parenting plans are essential in ensuring that each parent will play a role in their children’s lives.
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It is often said that there is nothing more challenging and contentious than getting a divorce. While divorces are often emotionally taxing, the financial implications of a divorce can be even more devastating. As a result, topics such as the division of marital property can be highly combative. Not only can the matter be contentious, but it can also be deeply complex. 
Of all the financial issues during a divorce, figuring out what happens to the marital home can be incredibly challenging. While it is not guaranteed that the marital home will need to be sold, it is usually
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In the early stages of divorce proceedings, the petitioner, or the party who files for divorce, must submit a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The individual who is served divorce papers, also known as the respondent, is then given the opportunity to reply to the divorce petition and participate in the divorce proceedings. During this period, the respondent may take issue with some of the petitioner’s choices concerning matters such as the division of marital property, child custody, or other matters. The petitioner and respondent can negotiate terms to try and reach a settlement with help from their
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No matter how long spouses have been together, getting a divorce can be painful and rife with emotional anguish and sadness. For most marriages to work, there needs to be a foundation of trust and honesty to which each spouse adheres to. Unfortunately, trust and openness can rapidly erode when a marriage breaks down, and the possibility of divorce is brought to the table. 
Aside from the emotional implications, the financial consequences of a divorce can be challenging to deal with and accept. In essence, marriage is a financial partnership. As a result, when divorce proceedings begin and finances need
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The dissolution of a marriage can be an arduous process, both emotionally and financially. When most people think of divorce, they think of a bitter, contentious process. What if there was another way to end a marriage on more amicable terms? As it turns out, there is another way spouses can end their marriage that does not end if lifelong scars for both parties.
If both parties feel as though they are capable of working with each other, then a collaborative divorce may be possible. Collaborative law is a kind of dispute resolution that takes place outside the courtroom,
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Getting a divorce can have lifelong implications for your life and your ex-spouse’s life. If you are getting a divorce, you may be concerned about the financial consequences a divorce will have. Divorces can be costly, but what about after the divorce is finalized? You may be wondering, especially if your spouse is a higher earner than you, whether you qualify for alimony, also known as spousal maintenance in Illinois. 
If you are getting a divorce and are curious whether you are eligible for alimony payments, consult with a knowledgeable divorce attorney to discuss your options moving forward. 
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It is well-documented that getting a divorce can be highly unpleasant for many reasons. When children are involved, the process can turn from spiteful to merciless in an instant. Disagreements between parents sometimes occur when determining parental responsibility arrangements during divorce proceedings. How can conflicts best be dealt with to protect the well-being of the children involved? Most parents want the absolute best for their children. Topics vital to the child’s development, such as educational and healthcare decisions, are likely to have long-lasting ramifications for children. If you are getting divorced and wish to secure the most favorable arrangement for
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Divorce can be a long process that requires extensive paperwork, planning, and processing. Many people are surprised by how much documentation they have to gather once the divorce process begins, as well as by how much of their own information they do not know. If you are hoping for a swift divorce, one of the smartest things you can do is begin preparing now. For answers to your questions about how to get started, contact an Illinois divorce attorney right away. 
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To answer important questions in divorce, such as how much child support payments will be and
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Illinois requires divorcing couples to divide their marital assets fairly. Despite the requirements of the law, emotions are often running high in a divorce, and spouses sometimes try to gain the upper hand in the asset division process by hiding property so it does not have to be shared with the other spouse. If your spouse is likely to hide assets during divorce, you likely already have noticed some signs that suspicious activity may be at play. If your spouse seems reluctant to give you financial information, suddenly begins buying large “gifts,” or has a small business that seems
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Deciding what to do about retirement accounts can be a tricky part of divorce. Both spouses have often worked long and hard to amass their shared financial portfolio and the prospect of splitting it can be daunting. Moreover, the implications of dividing retirement accounts has the potential to impact both spouses long after the divorce is finalized; after all, running two separate households costs more than just one, and spouses will no longer be able to rely on the other’s earning power to get them through retirement. 
Understanding how retirement accounts can be managed in a divorce is important
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Ask most parents of young children who have gotten divorced whether they truly accomplished the goal of getting out of each other’s lives, and the answer will typically be a resounding “No.” This is because parents of young children have to continue to raise their children together until the youngest child reaches 18 or graduates high school (and possibly even after that, if a child is disabled or parents are responsible for paying for the child’s college). 
Fortunately, there are strategies to help even those parents who struggle to get along and co-parent successfully after divorce. If you are
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Although divorce rates are well-known, very few people actually anticipate getting divorced when they get married. If you signed a prenuptial agreement before your wedding, you may not have taken the document seriously or truly investigated its contents. You may also have felt pressured to sign a prenuptial agreement that you did not really want because your spouse, or his or her parents, told you the wedding would not happen without one. This may not have seemed like a big deal at the time, but now that you are getting divorced, your entire marital asset distribution may be dictated by
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If you have recently gotten divorced, you may wonder whether you can leave Illinois and move to another state with your minor child. After all, without your marriage keeping you here, you may want to move closer to family, pursue other job opportunities, or simply go somewhere with winters that do not require you to dig your car out from under two feet of snow. 
But relocation is much more complicated when there is a minor child and a court-ordered parenting plan involved. If you want to relocate with your child and explore the potential to change your custody
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Spouses getting divorced in Illinois have often dealt with marital conflict for many years. Such conflict rarely occurs only in person; there are often reams of texts, voicemails, emails, and other recorded or written evidence documenting spousal conflict. Rarely are any of us at our best during moments of heated conflict and we often say things we do not mean or later regret. Nevertheless, if a spouse has said questionable things that are documented in writing or in a recording, they may be used against him or her in divorce court. It is important to understand when voicemails, texts, and
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