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Blog Posts in 2017

  • Pros and Cons of a Prenup

    A prenuptial agreement (prenup) is a signed and notarized contract that outlines how a couple will handle the financial aspect of their marriage. People used to think that prenuptial agreements were a guarantee that a marriage is going to fail. After all, why make a contract outlining what to do in the eventuality of a divorce? However, more and more couples are signing them, not as a guarantee ...
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  • What Factors Affect Child Custody?

    Divorce can be difficult for most couples, but those who are also parents have more to worry about. If a couple can’t agree on child custody arrangements, the court will typically decide how to divide the child’s physical and legal custody based on a number of factors. Most courts in the United States have an obligation to make a decision that is in the child’s best interests, ...
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  • Modifying Child Support Orders for Military Parents

    Life for servicemembers of the United States military can be complicated, particularly when going through a divorce. What complicates the process is child custody and child support. Active servicemembers are often deployed far away from their children, and they do not make as much money as you might expect they deserve. For example, if a military servicemember has a child, his or her child support ...
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  • How to Divorce in Illinois

    Divorce is largely the same across all states; however, there are small differences to note. In Illinois, for example, a divorce could look incredibly different from one in Florida or California. In order to get a divorce in Illinois, here are a few important steps to take. Step 1: Hire an Attorney First and foremost, determine whether or not you can afford to hire representation. A skilled ...
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  • How to Live with an Ex During the Divorce

    Unfortunately for some couples, moving out after deciding to file for divorce isn’t an option. Living on your own can be extremely expensive, particularly in cities with a high cost of living. For those who are forced to continue living with their ex, the situation can be extremely stressful and uncomfortable. Here are a few tips to keep sane until the divorce is finalized and one of you can ...
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  • Top 10 Child Custody Questions

    Divorce can be complicated, but nothing can make the process as confusing and hard to deal with as child custody. Both parents want to spend as much time with their child as possible; however, more often than not, the court will award one parent physical custody of a child while the other shares legal custody. If you’re about to go through a divorce as a parent, here are some of the most ...
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  • Questions to Consider Before Hiring a Child Custody Attorney

    One of the things that can make divorce extremely difficult is deciding on child custody. You and your spouse both love your kids and want to spend as much time with them as possible, but courts will likely try and distribute the time between you as evenly as possible. If you and your spouse can’t agree on a child custody arrangement, you might have to let the court decide. This often ...
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  • Discovering Hidden Assets During Divorce

    Divorce can be tough, especially in situations where there is a lot conflict and anger between spouses. There are many issues you might be concerned about and your financial assets are likely near the top of the list. Not every spouse plays fair, unfortunately. Some might try to hide assets before or during the divorce to avoid having to divide them appropriately. However, there are ways to ...
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  • Why You Should Stay Off Social Media During a Divorce

    Social media has grown increasingly popular over the past decade. Around 2.8 billion people were using some kind of social media by the end of last year, a 21% increase since 2015. According to a survey by Hootsuite, around 83% of Americans have at least 1 social media account. Sharing your day with someone, whether a close family member or a friend around the world has never been easier. However, ...
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  • Can You Afford the House After Your Divorce?

    For divorcing spouses, one of the greatest assets you might have is the family home. Beyond its monetary value, a couple’s home often holds a great amount of sentimental value, especially if you have children who might view it as a symbol of familial unity and a source of comfort. You might be wondering what will happen to it once the marriage is officially over. No two divorces are alike, ...
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  • Top 5 Child Custody Mistakes

    Divorce can be difficult for many couples, but what makes it even harder is sharing children. Both parents want what’s best for their children, but they also want to spend as much time with their kids as possible. With split custody, this isn’t always possible. Deciding child custody can often be what lengthens the divorce process. In order to make this easier, we have assembled the ...
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  • My Spouse Won't Sign the Divorce Papers. What Can I Do?

    Divorce is rarely easy for anyone, but what can really drag out the process is a reluctant spouse. Not everyone expects to be served with the divorce papers, and some react to this unpleasant surprise by attempting to deny it’s happening at all. Some people even think that by refusing to acknowledge the divorce is happening, they can prevent their spouse from leaving. However frustrating ...
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  • Divorcing After 50

    Divorce is rarely easy for anyone; however, if you’re over 50 and thinking of getting a divorce, there are certain factors you should consider beforehand. While divorcing is more common these days, those who divorce prior to 50 and those who divorce closer to retirement age face entirely different issues. For example, those who are over 50 and are divorcing often have much longer marriages ...
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  • What is Separate Property?

    Several important issues must be addressed in a divorce, from spousal and child support to property division. These issues all have the potential to be quite contentious due to the inherent complexities that come with fairly dividing a couple’s life, especially when you take into account the emotional weight of the situation. When it comes to dividing property, there are two types, one of ...
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  • Concerns in High-Asset Divorces

    One of the things that can complicate a divorce is dividing assets. In Illinois, property is separated into marital and separate property. Everything under the umbrella of “marital” is then split as equitably as possible between the spouses. However, this can be complicated with people of high net worth. Those of high net worth are typically considered individuals who have at least $1 ...
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