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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 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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Illinois divorce lawyerA prenuptial agreement is a legal contract made by a couple before they get married that outlines how assets will be split in the event that their marriage ends, Often times, couples are hesitant to get a prenuptial agreement because of the negative connotations attached to it. They believe that if they get a prenuptial agreement, they are expecting their marriage to fail.

However, this is far from the truth as the purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to provide spouses with a financial safety net if their marriage does not work out. Although a prenuptial agreement may never be used, it’s a smart decision for couples to get one prior to getting married. Here are five reasons you should get a prenuptial agreement with your soon-to-be husband or wife:

1. You Are Wealthier Than Your Spouse

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illinois legally married ageThe legal age to get married in Illinois is 18. Applicants who are 16 or 17 years old may apply for a marriage license with consent from parents or guardians, but the court can waive the parental consent requirements in special cases.

A 16 or 17 year old applicant can be married in Illinois if any of these four conditions are met:

1. The applicant has the consent of both parents, or 2. The applicant has the consent of one parent and the other parent cannot be located to obtain such consent, and diligent efforts have been made to locate that parent by the consenting parent who signs an affidavit that (i) names the absent parent and states that he or she cannot be located, and (ii) states what diligent efforts have been made to locate the absent parent, or 3. The applicant's legal guardian (other than a parent) consents to the marriage, or 4. A judge enters a court order in a judicial proceeding which approves the marriage.

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Illinois Divorce LawyerYou may wake to a nasty surprise during divorce that your spouse has obtained a credit card in your name alone totally without your knowledge and has made large charges to it.

Your spouse may obtain a credit card in your name by asking the card company to send a card to your home address in your name. Also companies still sometimes send unsolicited offers of credit to consumers homes through the mail ( or by email) even though this may be a violation of the Federal Truth in Lending Act or Illinois law.

If your spouse uses the card issued in your name, during a divorce it can be difficult to prove that those charges were made without your consent. Particularly purchases for Household items or normal living expenses, even cash withdrawals made by your spouse may allow that spouse to argue that the credit card charges were made with your permission.

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