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Woman murders husband after he seeks divorce in Illinois

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When you ask for a divorce, there is a possibility that your spouse may not take the request kindly. They may be annoyed, hurt or angry. In some cases, you may worry about your safety.

If you do, you need to know that you can seek an order of protection. Getting the order soon enough could be helpful in protecting you, your children and family members.

Mother and father place child in center of feud

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A custody case in McLean County has reached national news because of its twists and turns. Normally, custody cases are kept quiet unless parents do something that makes them newsworthy, like in this case.

Normally, when two parents both want custody, the judge has to think carefully about what would be in the child's best interests. In this case, the child's mother and father both have criminal records. The 4-year-old child has been caught in the middle of a custody dispute that has become bitter.

Drafting a prenuptial agreement: A benefit for both parties

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Before you get married, one of your options is to obtain a prenuptial agreement. A prenuptial agreement has many benefits, the most important being that it protects you in the case of a divorce.

Drafting a prenuptial agreement that you and your spouse agree on is important. It's true that some people are offended by the thought of a prenuptial agreement, but it can benefit both parties if it's worded correctly.

The end of the year is the perfect time to make an estate plan

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As the new year marches ever closer, it is time for adults to ensure their affairs are in order. This is the perfect time to get things situated so you can start the year off on the best foot possible. One thing you need to do right away is get your estate plan set. This can help your loved ones have a more secure future if something happens to you.

Shockingly, more than half of the adults in this country haven't taken the time to create an estate plan. There are many factors to think about when you're trying to create a plan that meets the needs of your situation. While you might be focused on what is going to happen to your assets when you pass away, don't neglect to make plans in case you become incapacitated.

Behavior issues during divorce might signal challenges

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Divorce is hard on children, even when it is for the best. They might have a hard time adjusting to this big change. Finding ways to help them with this is imperative.

Many children who are facing the end of their parents' marriage feel overwhelmed. They might not know how to put their feelings into words. They might not know where to turn to get their needs met. Divorce is hard for them to cope with, and it might lead to behavior problems.

How are a child’s best interests determined in custody cases?

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In child custody proceedings, the “best interest of the child” is a commonly heard and used phrase. When a court is called upon to make a custody decision, a number of issues will be carefully considered and weighed to reach the best possible outcome for the children involved.

The family courts take a considerable amount of time and care when making child custody decisions as the health and welfare of a child will be the main concern and consideration.

Get ready for mediation, but remember that a trial might occur

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The stress of divorce can easily overcome you if you don't proactively take steps to reduce it. Finding ways that will help can be challenging because there is such a wide range of triggers that might set off your emotions. We can help you with the preparation so that you feel better able to handle the process.

People who are going through a divorce should learn all they can about the process so they can prepare for what's to come. Many people will use mediation to come to the terms of the divorce. This process is often a faster and less costly resolution method; however, you might find that it is rather tense since you work directly with your ex.

Put premarital agreements in the right perspective

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You said "yes" to the proposal, but now your betrothed is asking you to sign a prenuptial agreement. You might not be sure what you need to do in this situation. First, you need to take a step back to think about what's truly important right now. The answer to this is usually that you are doing what you can to protect your future.

The knee-jerk reaction for some people when they are presented with a prenuptial agreement is to get upset. You might wonder why your future spouse thinks the marriage won't work out. This might make you scared. Instead of thinking like this, think about how much protection and stability the marriage will have if you know you are on a firm financial foundation.

It is the perfect time to make holiday plans with your children

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Thanksgiving is coming up soon and Christmas is right on its heels. Today is the day for you to review your child custody and parenting plan to ensure that you have the right schedule for this busy season. We know that this might not be your favorite thing to do, but being able to plan now for events that are coming up might help to eliminate some of the holiday stress.

Sometimes, there are events that can't be changed but that don't work with the current schedule. By reviewing everything and looking at your calendar now, you have a chance to work with your ex to find out if there are compromises that might help you to plan for those events. Just remember that this has to be a mutual effort. You can't expect your ex to bend the rules for your plans if you aren't willing to be flexible for theirs.

You might benefit from finalizing your divorce in 2018

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Upcoming changes to laws can have an impact on what people can expect if they are going to wait until 2019 to divorce. While these won't impact some people, they can actually be a huge consideration for people who will be affected by them.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, the way the marital home impacts you will change. A decrease in the way property taxes are deducted and in the amount of mortgage interest you can claim on taxes goes into effect. This might be a consideration when you are going through property division to determine what to do with the home.

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