IL divorce lawyerDivorce is not for everyone and today, couples have many options. One that is becoming more common is a parenting marriage. In a parenting marriage, the couple involved are no longer romantic with each other. However, they do not want to get a divorce and instead, want to redefine their relationship to each other. Although the marital relationship has changed, many things remain the same in a parenting marriage. The couple often lives in the same home albeit in different rooms, and they each have equal responsibilities for raising the children.

While a parenting marriage can simplify the process of ending a romantic relationship, it does come with many unique issues. It is still important to speak to a family lawyer that can help prevent disputes from arising.

Why Do People Choose a Parenting Marriage?

The idea of parenting marriages is quite new, but there are several reasons why couples choose this route when they know they no longer love each other romantically. The most common of these include:

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IL divorce lawyerParents are expected to provide financial support to their minor children, even in the event that they get a divorce. Child support is often a contentious issue in divorce cases. It is typically paid by the non-custodial parent that has lost time they could have spent with their children. Being asked to make payments on top of that lost time causes some parents to feel upset and frustrated. One of the first questions they will ask is how much child support they will have to pay. While no one can determine an exact amount without reviewing the facts of the case, there are some helpful guidelines to follow.

The Income Shares Model in Illinois

When determining the amount of child support a parent will have to pay once a divorce is final, Illinois uses an income shares model. The model uses a table that outlines the percentage of income that was spent on the child when the parents lived together. If a child stays a minimum of 146 nights at the non-custodial parent’s house, that parent will have to pay 1.5 times more than basic child support obligations.

When determining the amount of child support a parent must pay, the paying parent’s net income is first calculated. A parent’s net income is the earnings they take home after taxes, other deductions, and applicable adjustments have been made. This is the first step in determining how much child support a parent is responsible for paying.

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IL divorce attorneyDivorce is expensive and anyone going through it usually looks to cut costs any way they can. Much of the cost of divorce stems from court fees, mediation costs, and other expenses. Still, there is no denying that your attorney fees will also contribute to the cost of divorce. You should work with an attorney when getting divorced, as legal representation will ensure that you receive a fair settlement. However, the below tips can help you reduce the attorney fees you pay so you can lower the cost to some extent.

Respond to Your Lawyer Promptly

Throughout your divorce case, your lawyer will need to contact you for a variety of reasons. They may ask you to review pleadings, or need additional facts to help with your case. If you do not respond right away, your attorney may have to spend time calling you regularly and trying to track you down. The more your lawyer has to contact you, the more fees they will likely charge. Responding to your lawyer promptly will not only keep costs down, but also ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines in your case.

Provide Discovery Documents Quickly

Discovery is a phase most divorce cases go through. During this stage, each side will ask the other party for information such as financial documents and when they do, you are obligated to provide them with it. Discovery is a very important aspect of any divorce case, and it is likely that you have information that your lawyer does not.

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IL divorce lawyerExperts are still saying that divorce rates are continuing to increase during the pandemic. People stuck at home together for months on end, job loss, and a lack of money are all contributing factors to this phenomenon. If you are considering divorce for any reason, below are the steps you will have to follow and what you can expect.

Eligibility for Divorce

Like all states, Illinois has certain requirements. Prior to filing, you must live in Illinois for a minimum of 90 days. You must also file in the county in which you or your spouse currently resides.

Divorce vs. Legal Separation

You may know you want a divorce, or you may choose a legal separation for religious or other reasons. A separation agreement is very similar to a divorce decree, as it will include certain legally-binding terms, such as parenting time, child support, and property division. Unlike a divorce decree, a legal separation does not mean you are divorced which can place limitations on you, such as being unable to get married again.

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Hinsdale divorce attorneysWith so much uncertainty in our world created by the COVID-19 health crisis, many Illinois residents have put their life plans on hold. For some people this includes filing for a divorce that they know is inevitable. Let’s take a look at some of the common reasons that people are waiting for the pandemic to end before filing for divorce and why waiting might not be necessary. We will also address some reasons why filing now might actually be to your advantage

Common Assumption #1: The Divorce Courts Are Closed

Many couples believe that they cannot obtain a divorce because the Illinois divorce courts are not open and a divorce case cannot be filed.

NOT TRUE: the counties that we where we routinely practice divorce and paternity law are open and actively hearing cases. Cook county, DuPage County, Will County, Kane, Kendall counties are all open for business. Dissolutions of Marriage, including post dissolution cases as well as paternity (parentage cases) for unmarried parents of minor children are now available.

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