Illinois divorce lawyerA prenuptial agreement is a legal contract made by a couple before they get married that outlines how assets will be split in the event that their marriage ends, Often times, couples are hesitant to get a prenuptial agreement because of the negative connotations attached to it. They believe that if they get a prenuptial agreement, they are expecting their marriage to fail.

However, this is far from the truth as the purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to provide spouses with a financial safety net if their marriage does not work out. Although a prenuptial agreement may never be used, it’s a smart decision for couples to get one prior to getting married. Here are five reasons you should get a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be husband or wife:

1. You Are Wealthier Than Your Spouse

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Illinois accident attorneyLeaving the scene of an accident is against the law in the state of Illinois. However, it is a common practice that drivers engage in because they are driving without insurance, are afraid of getting arrested for impaired driving, or do not have liability insurance coverage. If you are ever the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you should understand that the police play an important role in your case.

Gathering Information for Police

After a hit-and-run accident, you should gather as much information as possible to help the police. Some of this information includes license plate information, the make, color, and model of the car that fled the scene, and the description of the driver. You may not be able to gather all of this information so it’s imperative that you write down anything you can remember.

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Illinois injury attorneySmall Firm, Big Results: Don't go to a factory for your personal injury case!

No doubt you’ve heard all that advertising on TV and radio from big law firms claiming they handle so many cases. Don’t think for a minute that you will receive the attention and personalized service that a small firm like ours will provide to you!  Do you want to be a client of a firm that's going to treat you like you're part of a product on an assembly line and pass you from person to person? Do you think you're going to have a partner in that assembly line law firm actually handle your case and give you answers the minute you call? Think again.

We think outside the box. We purposely keep our firm small so that there’s no “passing the buck.” If you have a question at any time about your case, your phone call will be immediately directed to the attorney who is assigned to your case and who will have the answers for you. Because you deserve prompt answers, all clients are provided with our mobile phone numbers in the event we are out of the office. When we are unavailable to answer the phone immediately, we strive to return all messages within one hour. Rather than waiting for a phone call from someone who really doesn’t have the answers as is typical from one of the factory firms, we believe in providing quick, accurate answers directly from the attorney handling your case.

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Illinois family law attorneyHow Many Children in the United States are Born to Unmarried Parents?

At the present time, more than one-third of the children born in the United States are born out of wedlock each year, three out of four if the parents are teenagers. That number is increasing each year.

My Boyfriend Is on My Child’s Birth Certificate as the Father, Is He Then Legally the Father of My Child in Illinois?

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Illinois divorce lawyerIn many divorce cases, an ex-spouse is required to pay child support. If your ex-spouse owes you child support and you have remarried, you may be wondering whether your child support payments will change. The answer is that your remarriage may have an effect on the amount and duration of child support you will receive.

Child Support Calculations in Illinois

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act dictates how child support works in the state. It uses the net income of the non-custodial or parent who does not have legal custody of the child and the number of children they are responsible for to determine how much the non-custodial parent must pay in child support.

In addition, the court considers other factors such as the financial resources of the child, their education needs, the child’s standard of living before the divorce, and the needs of the custodial and non-custodial parents. Although both parents may agree on a certain amount for child support payments, their agreement must meet minimum requirements and be approved by the court.

A New Spouse’s Income and Its Affect on Child Support

In the past, a new spouse’s income did not play a role in changing child support payments because child support was viewed as the financial obligation of both parents and based on a child’s best interests. That being said, new spouses or step parents were not legally obligated to support their stepchild.

However, in more recent years, Illinois Appellate Court has ruled that a court may consider the income of a parent’s new spouse in determining a child support amount.

The case placed emphasis on both parents’ financial obligations to assist their child with college-related expenses. It brought light to the fact that all financial resources available to parents should be considered when calculating child support payments.

Today, the income of a new spouse can serve as a valid reason to alter an existing child support agreement. This is especially true if the new spouse’s income is exceptionally high because their additional income allows the parent to meet their needs and as a result have more money available to pay child support.

Contact Our DuPage County Child Support Lawyers

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