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Is a Collaborative Divorce Best for You?

No matter how you look at it, an impending divorce is not easy – even in the best of circumstances. Unfortunately, there are bad divorces and then there are horrible divorces, filled with accusations, lies, prejudice and hefty lawyer fees followed by infinite litigation. Understanding a Collaborative Divorce Unlike a bitter divorce where both parties are neck-to-neck in accusations and arguments, collaborative divorce uses a cooperative approach to divorce. It involves a mutually agreed, legally binding contract for separation called Part...

If I Miss my Child Support, Can the State Suspend My Driver’s License?

The driver’s license of an obligor could be revoked if they have pending child support payments for more than 90 days. The license suspension is not automatic and the obligor has different methods to avoid suspension. However, if the non-payment of child support continues, then the obligor’s chances of avoiding a license suspension considerably dwindle. When is the Driver’s License Suspended? Under the Family Financial Responsibility Act, or the 1996 “Deadbeats Don’t Drive Act,” the state of Illinois can suspend an obligor’s drive...

Before Their Divorce, Divorcees Need to Know About Spouse’s Assets, Debts and Net Worth

Divorce is a hard time for couples, but regardless of the despair and pain you have to endure, it’s essential to understand the facts and figures of the divorce. For any divorcee, it’s important to be aware of the spouse’s assets, net worth and debt. An experienced divorce attorney will suggests that the financial aspect of any divorce is the most crucial part of divorce proceeding. Clarify Your Assets and Income Being aware of the spouse’s assets, debt, cash income and other financial information will play a vital role in helping ...

Divorce and a Spouse’s Cash Income

What to do When Your Spouse Hides Income? Divorce is a challenging and difficult procedure for any couple looking to go separate ways when their marriage falls apart. During a divorce proceeding, it’s not uncommon for a spouse to hide their cash income. If a spouse has a business deal or a job that pays in cash, then it’s likely your partner will try to hide this extra income. If you’re in a similar situation, then you will need an experienced attorney to help prove the cash income of your spouse during your divorce case. Hiding any cash ...

Considerations for Spousal Maintenance in a High Net Worth Divorce

High net worth divorces are slightly different from other divorces. Usually, these divorces involve celebrities or other well-known individuals that put a high net worth couple in the limelight. There are some extra considerations to take when it comes to high net worth divorces. Spouses with higher income and net worth are generally tied to investments worth millions, shared properties and other future financial obligations, which all need to be addressed when a couple with high net worth moves forward with a divorce. One of the most challengi...

The Effect of Domestic Violence on Divorce and Custody

Domestic violence is a common family issue around the United States and can have significant effects on divorce and custody proceedings. In Illinois, keeping children safe from domestic violence, particularly during ongoing divorce proceedings, is a priority. The Domestic Violence Act The Illinois Domestic Violence Act was introduced in 1986, defining domestic violence as both physical and emotional abuse, interference that hinders personal liberty and willful deprivation. The Domestic Violence Act identifies victims as not limited to a spouse ...

Pensions and Divorce

The process of divorce can be extremely overwhelming and stressful for many individuals. Aside from the emotional toll, there are several legal complications and financial issues such as child support, child custody, spousal maintenance and asset division, which require consideration. When it comes to asset division, a pension is complex. A pension is a fund set up by an employer for their employees. It helps employees save money during their employment, which is used for living purposes during retirement. When a couple seeks divorce, dividing ...

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

If you are considering filing for divorce, you might be wondering how long it takes to complete the divorce process. It is a difficult question to answer. The time frame of a divorce process varies greatly from one case to another, depending on various factors involved. How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced? There are several factors that come into play when a married couple seeks separation. These factors can affect the time it takes to finalize your divorce process. Here are a few of them: Cooling off period – Your jurisdiction can pla...

Spousal Support Under Recent Law in Illinois

In 2015, Illinois lawmakers approved an amended version of spousal maintenance law. Many cases that were decided under the previous law are being evaluated for modifications or maintenance reviews considering the new regulations, when appropriate. Here are some of the important aspects of the new law that you must understand. Existing Spousal Maintenance should be Modifiable If an individual wants the court to consider a modification on their existing order for spousal maintenance, it is necessary that it must be modifiable. Spousal maintenance...

Mediation and Child Custody Disputes

Divorce cases come with several complexities and intricacies as there are so many aspects involved, ranging from spousal maintenance to property division. It does not come off as a surprise that the most heated matter which gives rise to dispute is child custody. Of course, the stakes are extremely high and things can escalate real quick due to high emotions attached to this issue. Therefore, it can be highly beneficial to procure services of an experienced divorce lawyer to remedy the situation. Can Mediation Help in Child Custody? There are m...

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