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  • 3 Tips for Dealing with Divorce Depression

    When you filed for divorce, you probably did all the “right” and “expected” things: you hired an excellent lawyer, read suggested books or articles, and logically prepared for your post-divorce life. But when it comes to divorce, you can do all the “right things” and still spiral emotionally. After all, your life is changing forever. This is a stressful and ...
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  • The Thanksgiving Survival Guide for the Recently Divorced

    Each November, countless families across the country come together to celebrate their blessings and eat a hearty Thanksgiving feast. But, like most holidays, Thanksgiving can be an extremely difficult and emotional experience for the recently divorced. For the first time in a long time, you may be alone on a day that glorifies the ideals of “family” and “togetherness.” ...
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  • VA Home Loans & Your Divorce

    One of the first and most important steps in the divorce process is deciding which spouse is going to keep the family home. This helps a divorcing couple decide who is responsible for paying the mortgage during and after the divorce. However, if the home was purchased using a VA loan, this process can get a little more complicated. VA Home Loans A veteran may be eligible for a loan if they served ...
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  • Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation

    Establishing a child custody arrangement is one of the most challenging aspects of the divorce process. Unfortunately, it’s difficult for many ex-spouses to treat each other cordially once the divorce has been finalized. In fact, sometimes a resentful ex-spouse can behave in a way that unintentionally influences how a child perceives their other parent. In worst-case scenarios, an ex may ...
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  • Trick-or-Treat & Divorce: 4 Tips for Co-Parenting on Halloween

    Once the summer months fade into fall, children across the country start dreaming of the one night a year they can throw on their favorite costumes to knock on doors for yummy treats and playful frights. However, any holiday event can be difficult for families once a divorce has been finalized, and Halloween is no exception. It’s not unusual for children to lack the Halloween spirit because ...
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  • Under Which Circumstances Can a Marriage Be Annulled in Illinois?

    Like most states, Illinois has its own laws and regulations that govern the distinct line between the divorce process and annulments. Despite misconceptions popularized by media and religious institutions, civil annulments simply affirm that a marriage never existed in the eyes of the law. Conversely, divorce marks the end of an existing and valid legal union. Illinois courts technically ...
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  • Is an Intellectually Disabled Adult Entitled to Child Support?

    We are currently in the middle of an interesting cultural shift: adults are marrying and divorcing at increasingly older ages. This naturally impacts many aspects of the divorce process, especially when it comes to custody and child support. However, what happens when a couple divorces and their child is an intellectually disabled adult? Does one parent still need to pay child support? In ...
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  • Will My New Marriage Affect My Old Divorce Settlement?

    Divorce can be a challenging legal process, but the long-term benefits are typically worth the temporary heartache and struggles. The end of one complicated marriage gives both spouses a second chance at love and romance. However, before you put slip on a new ring, it’s important to understand how your new marriage can affect the terms of your original divorce settlement. The Financial ...
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  • How Does Inheritance Affect the Equitable Distribution Process?

    In an Illinois divorce, the court determines asset distribution and debt allocation based on “equitable distribution.” As the term implies, equitable means fair, not equal. This flexible system means that separating spouses may not receive a strict 50/50 split. The court considers multiple factors when determining equitable distribution: Duration of the marriage The earning abilities ...
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  • Forensic Accounting & Your High-Asset Divorce

    It’s normal for separating couples to experience some degree of conflict during divorce proceedings, particularly when it comes to the equitable distribution of assets. Because Illinois doesn’t have any laws that require an equal distribution of assets, spouses may find themselves standing before a judge who is responsible for deciding how their marital property should be divided ...
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  • The Benefits of Modifying Alimony

    Each marriage is defined by unique family and financial dynamics that must be taken into account during divorce determinations. In certain cases, the court may award a lower-earning spouse alimony to make the transition to single life (and a single income) easier. In theory, alimony is to provide financial assistance while a spouse pursues new job or educational opportunities. It’s entirely ...
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  • Your Divorce & the TCJA

    If you and your spouse are seriously considering a divorce, there may be no time like the present to file your petition and complete the process. As 2018 crawls to a close, we are getting closer and closer to the last tax season that provides certain tax benefits to divorced couples. The Trump Administration passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in December 2017, and the legislative changes will ...
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  • What Happens to Student Loans in a Divorce?

    Americans collectively owe nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debts. Statistically, this means that 1 out of every 4 adults nationwide are currently part of a college debt repayment plan. The standard federal repayment plan takes at least 10 years to complete, and it’s not uncommon for people with student loan debts to marry and divorce within that same time period. But what happens to ...
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  • The Pros & Cons of Lump Sum Alimony Payments

    Before the divorce process can be finalized, all financial matters relating to spousal maintenance, or “alimony,” must be agreed upon by both spouses or determined by the court. The purpose of alimony is to offer financial support to a lower earning spouse as they adapt to being single and self-sufficient. Typically, alimony is paid in monthly installments to benefit the financial ...
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  • Timeshares & Divorce | Illinois Divorce Attorneys

    For some married couples, timeshares are a vacation paradise and a romantic home away from home. For many others, however, timeshares represent a misguided purchase that is notoriously difficult to sell. Typically, a timeshare allows multiple people to own the same property and utilize it for established periods of time during the year. While the idea is sound, the reality is a little less grand. ...
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