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b2ap3_thumbnail_family-home.jpgIllinois divorce lawyerSelling your home while going through a divorce is stressful and emotional. However, there are certain ways to ease your stress during this process and ensure that your house sells so that you can move on to your next home. Below are some useful tips on how to sell your home when going through a divorce.

Find a Real Estate Agent Who Is Neutral

Rather than using the real estate agent who sold you and your partner your first home, find one that has no emotional attachment to you or your partner and has some divorce knowledge. A neutral real estate agent with divorce knowledge will provide you with helpful advice on how to price your home, when to list it, and how to market it so that stress can be alleviated during the selling process.

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Illinois divorce lawyerMarriage is a partnership, and spouses often make sacrifices during their relationship as they support their partner and their family. In many cases, one spouse will decide to stay home to care for children rather than pursuing career advancement, or a spouse may provide financial support to their partner as they pursue an education that will help them earn a higher salary. However, if the marriage ends in divorce, the spouse who made sacrifices is often at a financial disadvantage, and they may struggle to support themselves in their newly single life.

Following a divorce, both spouses should be able to maintain a standard of living similar to what they enjoyed while they were married. When one spouse earns significantly more than the other, the other spouse may be awarded spousal maintenance (formerly known as alimony).

Determining Maintenance in Illinois

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Illinois divorce lawyer, Illinois family attorneyDuring the divorce process, a lot is going on. Not only are you dividing up visitation schedules, living arrangements, and possessions, you are coping with your life adjustments. It is easy to see why everyday tasks can slip through the cracks. Between changing addresses, packing boxes, and updating billing information monthly bills often go unnoticed, at no fault of either party. However, there are several reasons why it is imperative that the monthly bills remain paid each month, especially during divorce negotiations.

How Putting Off Payment Impacts the Divorce

Continuing to the pay the bills has some benefits but also has a few downfalls. First and foremost, you want to ensure that you protect your credit report. Good credit is necessary for most things in life now, including getting a job, renting or buying a house, and even getting re-married. To come out of a divorce with poor credit makes a difficult situation worse. However, set up a payment agreement with your ex-spouse about who is responsible for which bills each month. Once you have filed for divorce, anything outside of the marriage is no longer considered marital property, which is not subject to equitable distribution. In the court of law, making payments in “good faith” does not earn you any points with a judge unless there is a binding contract to go along with it.

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The economic landscape of the U.S.tends to be classified as “big business” but surprisingly small family-owned and operated establishments, employing less than 20 employees, accounts for 86.4 percent of the gross domestic product or GDP. With such a high percentage it is not unrealistic to consider that at some point in time owners of such businesses, often married, run into relationship turmoil often leading to many questions regarding not only the dissolution of a marriage, but the effect a divorce may have on the business.

As each respective divorce attorney will construct a market value comparison for the couple’s residence, Illinois law also requires an independent and detailed valuation of the business.

If you and your spouse find yourselves in this type of situation, the following information may provide some insight as to what is expected under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5).

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, DuPage County child custody attorney, parental rights,Most people think that child custody only pertains to which parent the child lives with. While it is true that physical custody relates to parental access, there is another type of custody: legal custody. Also referred to as decision-making authority, legal custody gives a parent the power to make important choices for the child.

Generally, one parent is the custodial parent, while the other is the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent primarily resides with the child, and the non-custodial parent is usually granted visitation rights to see the child. In Illinois, the non-custodial parent often gains liberal visitation rights and will get to see their child often (unless abuse or neglect has occurred). In addition to living with the child, the custodial parent gets to make day-to-day decisions, such as clothing, meal, and activity choices. Legal custody involves major life choices, including:

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