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Who Is Responsible For College Expenses After Divorce in Illinois?

Illinois is one of the few states with a law that compels divorced parents to support their children’s education past high school and after they turn 18 years old. A child doesn’t have to be a minor to receive this support. This may be a blessing for single parents living under the poverty line, but it can seem unfair to others who have to bear expensive college expenses. This type of support is called non-minor support. While parents are not legally required to pay for their child’s college expenses post-divorce, most Illinois judges...

Do I Have To Pay My Ex-Spouse’s Debts In An Illinois Divorce?

Dealing with the family estate during a divorce can be one of the most stressful and contentious experiences you can go through. Whether you cannot agree on who gets the car, the family home, or money in a savings account, divorce can be challenging. Add debt division into the equation, and without the help from a Schaumburg debt division attorney, you may end up with most of it. You may have to pay part of the debt your ex accumulated as per the court’s decision and vice versa. How Debt Is Divided Equitably In Illinois In Illinois, the a...

How Property Division Is Decided in Illinois Common Law Marriage

Many couples are happy to live and raise children together without getting married. They can spend years with one another like a married couple, just without legalizing their union in the eyes of the state by signing a marriage license. This is called a common-law marriage in Illinois. However, a couple involved in this type of union does not enjoy the same legal rights that legally married couples do in the state. This means that if a common law marriage ends because the partners decide to split ways, they can keep their separate properties to...

How Does Domestic Violence Impact a Divorce Settlement in Illinois?

Domestic violence is cruel and inhumane. It can make victims question their existence and sanity for years and is particularly painful for children. While divorce is an understandable solution, Illinois is a no-fault state. This means that this crime or any reason cannot be specifically cited or used as grounds for divorce. However, all is not lost. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you can claim that ‘irreconcilable differences’ led to an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage. The state uses it as an umbrella term that covers an...

Overview of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act

Not all marriages are meant to last forever. Whether yours is toxic, or you have fallen out of love with your spouse and vice versa, maybe it’s better that you go your separate ways. Before making that monumental decision, hire experienced Schaumburg divorce attorneys familiar with the updated Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. What is the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA)? In Illinois, divorce is legally called ‘dissolution of marriage’, and the rules are stated in the Illinois Marriage...

What Is Equitable Distribution of Assets Between Spouses in Illinois?

Marital property division or asset distribution is one of the most contentious parts of a divorce. In Illinois, couples who decide to split up can divide their property independently. However, in the event the former couple cannot reach a consensus regarding the division of assets, you can hire Schaumburg asset division attorneys and let the court decide. What Is Equitable Property Division? Most states divide marital assets and debts 50/50 between divorcing couples, but not Illinois. After considering a range of factors, the state recognizes e...

Can Another State Suspend Your Driver’s License For Non-Payment Of Child Support?

If you fail to pay child support in one state but move to another state, the latter can suspend your driver’s license in some circumstances. If that happens, defaulters can take some steps and legal options to get their license back, but it will have to be accompanied by pending support payments. Contact a Schaumburg child support attorney today if you think your partner has fled to another state to avoid those payments. What Can Happen If You Fail To Pay Child Support? Besides losing your license, you can get arrested for falling behind ...

How Does Child Support Work With Adopted Children?

Parenting takes a lot of work, whether you are a biological or foster parent. The work never ends from diaper changes to ballet practice and career advice. If you want to add to your brood or adopt a child because you don’t have your own, you still need to pay for their care. In this case, the biological parent that gave up their care to you will not be responsible for paying child support. Table of Contents Adoption vs. Foster CareChild Support for Foster CareWhich Foster Children Are Eligible For Adoption AidFoster Parents Are Not Pa...

How Long Do I Have To Pay Spousal Support In Illinois?

Besides other financial matters that a divorcing couple has to address, spousal support can be the most contentious out of them all. While parents think child support is necessary to give their children a comfortable lifestyle and take care of their needs, a spouse is usually unhappy making ongoing payments to their ex-partner. In Illinois, a Palatine divorce lawyer will tell you that spousal support or alimony duration depends on the length of the marriage. For instance, if your marriage lasted less than five years, your spousal support should...

What Is Equity Division In An Illinois Divorce?

Illinois is an equitable division state. Rather than getting a 50/50 split, marital property is divided equitably in a divorce between spouses, or as fairly as possible. The court makes the decision and includes a long list of factors, including the marriage length and earnings of both spouses. Why Unequal Equity Division? While it may seem unfair to the spouse who is given less, courts are hell-bent on ensuring that marital property is divided as fairly as possible during an Illinois divorce case. This typically results in unequal distribution...

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