Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois child support lawyer, Illinois family lawyerIn the United States, there is a trend growing at an alarming rate. Failure to pay court-ordered child support is not something that is acceptable especially when lives depend on that income. Each year, approximately $24 billion dollars are successfully paid across the country. Compare that number to the over $100 billion that remains unpaid. About 25 million parents are not receiving any support, leaving 19% of those awarded support being paid. These numbers are troubling, and lawmakers across the country are cracking down on so-called “deadbeat parents.”

Illinois Consequences

If you reside in the state of Illinois or otherwise have your support payments set up to this state, you face serious trouble for not paying on time each month. The Non-Support Punishment Act enables the state, and occasionally also at a federal level, to utilize harsh penalties to force payment. These penalties include:

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What Should You Do If Your Spouse Tries to Bully You in Divorce Court?Some couples go through divorce like an episode of masterpiece theater. They are polite, gentle, accommodating and negotiate based upon reason and good faith.

On the other hand, all too frequently one spouse becomes a bully in the divorce.

A bully is someone who refuses to bend, insists upon getting their way regardless of the rules, and makes everything an emotional issue.

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Illinois family lawyer, Illinois child custody attorneyChild custody laws in other states may still delegate legal, physical, sole, and joint custody to parents, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act went through a major alteration in 2016. State lawmakers transitioned into determining “parenting responsibilities” and “parenting time,” and are no longer are the terms “custody” and “visitation” used to describe the child care arrangements (now known as a “parenting plan.”) The changes leave many parents confused as to their rights and responsibilities.

Parenting Time

Previously, parenting time referred to “physical custody” or “visitation time.” That terminology is no longer accepted. Previously, one parent had “residential custody” or “primary physical possession” of the child, while the non-custodial parent received a visitation schedule. Now, neither parent has primary physical custody. Parenting time refers to the time in which each parent has the responsibility for exercising caretaking functions and minor decision-making responsibilities. The allocation of time is based on the best interest of the child. Factors used to determine the best interest include:

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Illinois divorce attorney, DuPage County family law attorneyThere is a societal fascination with those who have a substantial amount of money and those who are famous. Anything anyone does in these two categories becomes publicized on social media, publications, and other outlets. When a divorce is involved, it seems as though every move is under the lens of a microscope. The inconvenience of divorce being a part of public record does not help matters. What other issues face couples in a high net worth divorce and what mistakes should you avoid?

Hiding Assets

Occasionally, a mistake happens in which assets are forgotten, especially in estates where the assets spread throughout a large area. However, if someone is caught transferring money to another bank account, or to a child, or otherwise trying to hide money, the individual loses all credibility in a divorce case.

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Ilinois alimony attorneyDivorce is not an easy task, nor is it inexpensive. Sometimes the financial burden is so daunting that many choose to stay in an unfavorable situation. Economic struggle is unnecessary, as there are options that may be available to you, given your circumstances. One such option is alimony. Also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, this is a payment made to you by your ex-spouse during a separation or after a divorce. Not everyone qualifies in every situation, but it is useful for those who would otherwise be financially burdened by a divorce.

What Is Alimony?

The ideal goal of divorce is to have two individuals arrive at the same standard of living once the divorce is complete. One issue is, for some reason or another, both spouses do not always make the same amount of money. Perhaps one was the homemaker while the other worked in an office. Maybe there was a difference in salaries, and one partner became the primary breadwinner. If your economic situation is vastly different from your spouse, alimony may be an option. A court order made by a family court judge may require that the higher-earning spouse makes regular payments to the other spouse for a temporary or permanent amount of time.

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