Category Archives: Family Law

Illinios divorce lawyerMost people have heard of a prenup agreement and may be familiar with what one entails, yet many are unaware that there is a postnuptial agreement that can accomplish some of the same objectives. The main difference is that a prenup is signed by the parties before they get married, and a postnup is executed sometime after the marriage.

Examples of When a Postnup May Be Useful

Postnups can be used effectively in a number of circumstances:

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Illinois domestic violence attorneyAs a woman under the age of 45, are you more likely to be killed by a stranger in a dark alley or by someone you know? According to a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, 55 percent of killings in women under 45 were intimate partner violence-related. The CDC defines this as killings that occurred at the hands of a current or former partner or the partner’s family or friends. In the vast majority of these cases (93 percent), the assailant was an intimate partner or an ex. Perhaps surprisingly, strangers committed 16 percent of all female homicides in this group.

What to Do If You Are in a Marriage with Domestic Violence

Given these statistics, if you are involved in a relationship where there is domestic violence, your life could be in danger. Experts advise that victims of domestic violence should not assume that they will be safer in the future or that the abuse will never rise to a fatal level.

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Illinois divorce attorneyThe statistics that over 50 percent of marriages in the United States today end in divorce are grim, to say the least. The fact that the number is repeatedly brought to the forefront of our thoughts eventually has each of us questioning the stability of our relationship, regardless of the current situation. Once you start second-guessing, you begin to ponder and fret over every conversation and missed phone call. These are a few indicators of difficulty in a marriage which may require your immediate attention.

Failure to Discuss Even Life-Altering Decisions

The thought of surprising your wife with a car for her birthday is romantic, but unless you have previously discussed the finances around a vehicle purchase, making a five-year financial commitment is something to consider jointly before making the leap. A general rule of thumb is if you used to explain every household decision and you find yourself or your spouse making them alone without regard to the other person, something needs addressing.

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If you have children or a spouse that wants you to leave your family home before your divorce is over, think twice before you do it.

For many reasons you may wish to remain in the home until the divorce is completed. Particularly with children, the number of days that you spend with your kids may well factor into the amount of child support you pay (or receive) under the new Child Support Laws in Illinois.  In addition, the time that you are spending with your children may well determine the parenting schedule of the time you will be granted with your children AFTER the divorce.

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Read your divorce agreement.

That's right - thoroughly completely and more than once, read your own divorce agreement. It is the future roadmap of your life after your divorce. The more money you have the more important it is for you personally to read each and every page of your divorce agreement. Don’t rely on some else, even your attorney.

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