If your adult child is going through a divorce, and you have set up a college account for your grandchild, do not give your child's spouse a free ride on college expenses. Protect your grandchild’s college funds.Under Illinois law, if there is a divorce, your child and his or her spouse are both obligated to contribute toward the university, college or vocational school expenses of their children. (See 750 ILCS 5/513 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.)If you create a college account for your grandchild and there is a divorce between your child and his or her spouse, …
When getting a divorce, a common concern for a spouse is that he or she may not be able to support themselves or maintain the same standard of living they had during marriage. In Illinois, under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, when a marital couple divorces, either spouse may request maintenance, (also known as “spousal support” or “alimony”).
Slamming doors, shouting matches, and hurt feelings can be a thing of the past. Contentious divorce cases bring out the worst in even the best people. No matter how angry, betrayed, or depressed you or your spouse feel, the toll a bitter divorce takes on children is magnified ten-fold.The parents who used to read their children bedtime stories have been replaced by strangers who seem to only communicate through clenched jaws and gritted teeth. To combat that creeping alienation, family lawyers and courts have a new tool in their toolbox called "Our Family Wizard."Our Family Wizard is a …
Airline pilots have checklists to make sure all that is needed for flight is either available or completed. For instance, pilots check that the landing gear is down and whether or not they have enough gas.*The same should be true in regards to the finalization of your Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage and Marital Settlement Agreement. Hence, if you are going through a divorce, it is vital to check that your Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage is complete.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident on someone's property in Illinois, it is wise to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible. An experienced lawyer will help you determine whether you can collect from the landowner for your injuries and medical bills.
Illinois family court considers a variety of factors when determining child custody, all based on the “best interest of the child” standard, which is the guiding principle in Illinois child custody cases. Some factors considered are as follows:
According to the Illinois State Police, a woman is beaten in an act of domestic violence every 15 seconds in the United States. Furthermore, the injuries that result from these attacks require more medical attention than injuries from rapes, muggings, and accidents combined. These statistics are particularly frightening when you take into consideration how many incidents of domestic violence go unreported. It is also often more surprising for people to learn that men can be victims of domestic violence as well.
Generally, society expects that a parent will provide both emotional and financial support for their children. And when parents are no longer together, and one parent has primary custody of their minor child, the other parent is often ordered by a court to provide monthly financial support to help raise the child.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are commonplace and on an upward trend, due to the high divorce rates seen among couples in the United States. A prenuptial agreement is a legal document made before a couple gets married, which addresses the rights and obligations surrounding assets and debts of each party. A postnuptial agreement, as distinguished from a prenuptial agreement, is a legal document signed by a couple after they are married or have entered a civil union.
Many presume that when they get a divorce, all the marital property will be divided equally. However, for those living in the state of Illinois, this presumption can lead to major disappointments. Illinois is an “equitable division” state, and not a “community property” state. When facing a divorce, many wonder what the difference is between an “equitable division” and “community property” state, what exactly marital property is, and what this all means for property rights during and after the divorce proceedings. The following contains information to which you should refer if…
How many classes did you take in school, as a child and as a young adult, in which you learned things that were not directly useful in the real world? And how many of us have actually taken classes on how to get along with one another or how to resolve conflicts with another person?I'll bet the answer is almost none.I am often asked, "What is the most frequent cause of divorce?" My answer is that the parties have no ability to resolve conflicts, issues, or problems between themselves. The reason for this, I believe, is that few of us have ever been educated to resolve conflict.
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