Category Archives: Family Law

Illinois divorce attorneyDivorce can be a lengthy, difficult process, and by the time you and your ex-spouse go to court to enter your final divorce decree, you are likely ready to move on to the next phase of your life. However, this is often easier said than done. Disentangling yourself from a partnership that defined your life during the years of your marriage can be a complicated, emotionally draining process, and once you do so, you may feel adrift. But by following the tips below, you can not only make it through this difficult time, you can become even stronger:

 

  1. Take care of yourself. Make sure to practice self-care, taking at least a few minutes each day to do something you enjoy. Maintaining your health and appearance might be the last thing on your mind, but taking care of your body by getting some exercise and spending time for yourself can help you establish a routine that will allow you to move forward as you restructure your life.

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Illinos child support lawyerIn July, Illinois put into a place a new way to calculate child support obligations. The new method takes into consideration the amount of time each parent spends with the child as well as each parent’s income.

Previously, the non-custodial parent paid the custodial parent a percentage of income based on the number of children being supported. Under the new model - called the income shares model - there are more factors, leading to a more complicated calculation that may increase or decrease the amount of child support paid each month.

In situations where one parent has a majority of the parenting time (or custody), the calculation is made as follows:

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Illinois child custody lawsParental alienation is a term used to describe intense hatred of one parent by a child that is caused by behavior by the other parent. Parental alienation can be incredibly effective over time, and if you suspect such behavior is taking place you should seek legal counsel and redress in family law court. If this type of behavior is not stopped, your relationship with your child or children may suffer irreparable harm. Be on the lookout for children who are angry at one parent, but who have no reason grounded in fact for their thoughts and feelings.

Examples of Parental Alienation

The following types of behaviors can lead to parental alienation:

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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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