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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Private School Tuition & Child Support Payments

    The primary purpose of child support is to provide minors with financially-stable living environments that encompass their basic living needs. Calculating and establishing the guidelines of child support payments is an important facet of many divorce settlements. Basic living expenses include: Clothing Shelter Food Educational expenses Health care (circumstantially) The Illinois Marriage and ...
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  • Parenting Plans & Summer Vacation

    Summer is a great season for families to vacation together. However, summer plans can get complicated after a divorce. This is particularly true for children who split their time between two households. In 2016, Illinois replaced “child custody arrangements” with “parenting plans.” These are legal documents that list the rights and obligations each parent has regarding ...
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  • Divorce & Your Estate Plan

    One important set of documents tends to be forgotten in the mad scramble of divorce: your estate plan. This is comprised of several essential documents that protect your financial interests and personal medical choices in the event of an emergency. If your plan isn’t updated, then your ex may still be designated as your executor and primary beneficiary. Estate planning documents commonly ...
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  • A Conflict of Interest: iPhones & Your Divorce

    iPhones are incredible technological devices that allow you to maintain social relationships and navigate the inconveniences of daily life. Your phone even has the ability to sync up to any other Apple product in your home, allowing you to consolidate information and easily keep your day-to-day appointments. So what role does your iPhone play in your divorce? Here are some phone-related divorce ...
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  • What Is the Illinois Collaborative Process Act?

    As of 2018, Illinois is the 12 th state to adopt a collaborative practice law under the Illinois Collaborative Process Act. In a collaborative divorce, spouses hire attorneys to facilitate their equitable distribution negotiations outside of court. Since implementing the law in January, it has become increasingly common for divorcing couples to utilize the collaborative process as an alternative ...
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  • Military Divorce 101: The Basics You Should Know

    In many ways, a military divorce shares many similarities with a civilian divorce and, depending on the circumstances, might not be that much more complicated to navigate with legal help. That said, they do share some differences, including the service of process, residency and filing requirements, and specific rules regarding the division of military pensions. To help shed some clarity on the ...
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  • Asset Protection During a Divorce

    Getting a divorce is not just an emotional process, but a financially difficult one as well. Divorcing spouses risk taking a major hit to their financial health during a divorce, especially without proper legal guidance on their side. While you might be tempted to fixate on what went wrong in your marriage or on how to cope with this major change in your life, it is crucial to also try to limit ...
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  • Tips for a Successful Co-Parenting Relationship After Divorce

    Divorcing spouses often cannot wait for the whole ordeal to be over and to put the past behind them. If you share children with your former spouse, however, you cannot simply move on and cut ties with your ex-spouse. The romantic portion of your relationship is over, but you will still have to co-parent your children together. Unfortunately, if there is lingering animosity, this situation can ...
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  • A Chronological Timeline for Divorce

    No two divorces are alike. For some, the process can be incredibly complex and time-consuming, while for others it could potentially be much more straightforward and relatively quick. That said, for those who are about to embark on moving forward with this decision and will soon work toward dissolving their marriage, having a general idea of the process and its timeline can be helpful in ...
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  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Life is not stagnant and situations constantly change, but for divorced couples who share children, drastic changes can present some big issues that can be difficult to overcome, especially if these changes involve a big move. If you are considering relocating with your child after a divorce, it is crucial to carefully examine this decision without hastily beginning the process. Here are some ...
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  • Three Reasons It's Important to Establish Paternity

    When a child is born to a single mother, only the mother is listed legally as a parent. That is, until the mother and father can legally establish paternity for its father. Legal paternity can have several benefits for all parties involved, including for the child themselves. Here are three extremely important and beneficial reasons why mothers, fathers, and children can benefit from establishing ...
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  • Adopting Your New Spouse's Children: What You Need to Know

    When you marry to a spouse who has children, you may wish to obtain legal status as a parent for their children as well through the adoption process. Adopting stepchildren isn’t as long and detailed a process as a traditional adoption (you won’t have to go through home visits and a long waiting period), but you will have to go through the unique obstacle of obtaining the right to adopt ...
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