Category Archives: Family Law

IL divorce lawyerStudent loan debt can take a toll on your child’s future. Therefore, planning for your child’s college is crucial. If you are divorced, however, you may find planning for college to be particularly difficult.

You are likely wondering how your child’s other parent will make decisions about paying for college when it is time for your child to earn a degree. Here are some tips for planning for college after a divorce:

Plan Early

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Illinois divorce lawyerDivorce is an emotional process. Therefore, it is essential to lean on your friends and family to help you get through this difficult time. If you have difficulty opening up to your loved ones or would like guidance from others who know exactly what divorce is like, consider joining a divorce support group. A divorce support group can do wonders for your mental health and offers the following benefits:

Valuable Advice

If you have never gone through the divorce process before, you may not know what to expect. By listening to what others in your divorce support group have dealt with, you can learn how to overcome emotional pain, seek legal representation, and co-parent well with your ex-spouse.

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Illinois divorce lawyerA document created and agreed to by the parents of a minor child and approved by the court is known as a parenting plan. A parenting plan governs the relationship between the parents regarding the child. If you are going through a divorce and in the process of designing a parenting plan, the following tips can help ensure it is successful.

1. Determine Vacation Parenting

If your child is in school, they will have time off for winter break, spring break, and summer break. Determine which parent will be responsible for caring for the child during these times off from school.

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Illinois divorce lawyerAfter a wedding, many spouses decide to take the last name of their significant other. This brings them closer to their partner and shows their commitment. When couples divorce, the spouse who took on a married last name may keep their name or go back to their maiden name. The good news is they are not legally required to change to their maiden name once their divorce is finalized.

Reasons Divorced Individuals Keep Their Married Name

If you are going through a divorce, there are several reasons you may wish to keep your married name. You may want to share a last name with your children or keep your married name because you have built a career and reputation around it. Additionally, you may feel comfortable with your married name because it has become part of who you are.

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Illinois divorce lawyerDuring a divorce, it is not uncommon for one parent to try to make the other parent look bad so that they do not receive any child custody. A parent may state that the other parent is violent, drinks too much, or uses illegal drugs. If you could relate to this situation, you may be asking yourself whether drug tests are legal in family court. Let’s take a closer look at the answer to this question.

Drug Testing Requested By the Judge

In the event a judge believes you or your soon to be ex have used or are using illegal drugs, they may order a drug test. The other parent’s actions in the courtroom or allegations in court documents may lead the judge to have this type of request.

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