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Determining Spousal Maintenance in a Divorce

During divorce proceedings, spousal maintenance collections are determined under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA). Although they are determined at the very end of the proceedings, they are a critical component if a spouse also holds legal or physical child custody. Under state law, spousal maintenance is calculated based upon the needs of a child, the ability of the spouse to pay it, the length of the marriage, previous lifestyle and recurring or anticipated health needs of the spouse or child. Considering that dete...

Child Custody under the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA)

When individuals are going through divorce proceedings, there is usually a split achieved for property and financial assets, but one area of concern is how to approach matters of child custody. To simplify it, the State of Illinois has adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act (UCCA). It provides for a legal way to manage custody arrangements amongst parents, guardians and any extended family member looking to undertaking the responsibility of a child. Because child-related matters can be complex and complicated, a skilled family law attorney can h...

Protecting a Business in a Divorce

Divorces are common in the U.S. and your business is one of the most expensive assets you would need to protect during your divorce proceedings in Illinois. The share of your ex in your business depends upon different circumstances. Depending on the situation surrounding your particular divorce case, your ex could be entitled to at least half of your business. Follow this short guide developed by an experienced divorce attorney in Chicago area if you wish to protect your business from an impending divorce. Get a Fair Valuation With divorces bei...

Divorce Complications with Blended Families

Blended families are more common than ever. According to an estimate, there are more than 1,300 new blended families in the U.S. each day as people with children from previous marriage or relationship come together. A family with children from different relationships come together as a single unit after the parents marry. If a blended family is facing a divorce, things could get more complicated for them. Here are some of the most common divorce complications blended families face. Child Custody and Visitation Rights One of the biggest complica...

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 ...

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