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How is child support calculated in Illinois?

Everyone goes into marriage with the best intentions. You’ve found someone you love and with whom you want to create a life. But in reality, 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorces, and that’s something for which you should be prepared.

Divorce gets even more complicated if children are involved. Not only will you have to work out financial arrangements with your former spouse, you also need to set up a custody schedule and determine how to support your kids monetarily.

How does mental illness impact child custody proceedings?

There are many reasons why marriages come to an end. One reason that is too seldom discussed is mental illness. If one spouse suffers from certain types or certain severities of mental illness, it can make it difficult or impossible to keep the relationship healthy – especially if the ill spouse refuses to get treated or comply with treatment recommendations.

If and when the couple ends up getting divorced, mental illness could also play a role in child custody decisions. Because May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, it is a good time to discuss the mental illness of a parent as it relates to child custody proceedings.

How are pensions divided in a divorce?

During divorce in Illinois, marital property is split equitably but not always equally. That means that assets like homes, vehicles, bank accounts and investments are split between the spouses in a fashion a court considers equitable.

Pensions are difficult to split and require some additional maneuvering.

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.

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