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Divorce and Child Support 

​Understanding Child Support During a Divorce During a divorce in Illinois, allocating child support can be a complex process without the help of a licensed divorce attorney.  Therefore, early planning and help throughout the divorce proceeding can be highly beneficial.  In the state of Illinois, during a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or a declaration of invalidity of marriage, the following child support rules apply based on the number of children and the supporting party’s net income: ​​Payments:Child 1                         20%Child 2                         28%Child 3                         32%Child 4                         40%Child 5                         45%Child 6 or more        50% *Net income is the total...

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Divorce and Education 

Education costs after divorceGoing through a divorce and all of its emotional and physical disruption is hard enough without having to worry about the future of your financials and how they will impact your children.  Therefore, it’s important to understand your rights in regards to who pays for your children’s education once your divorce is finalized.  Help from a licensed Illinois divorce attorney can greatly help you navigate through the ins and outs of allocating agreements for education. SupportEducational support of a non-minor child is awarded by the court out of the property and income of either or both parents, or...

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Divorce and Parenting Plans

Navigating the divorce process Navigating through a divorce proceeding can be an emotionally draining and complex experience so it helps to be prepared.  Furthermore, in Illinois, there are different guidelines that must be followed during a divorce proceeding involving parenting plans to ensure it runs as smoothly and timely as possible. Likewise, all parents have 120 days to file a proposed parenting plan after service or filing of any petition for allocation of parental responsibilities, either jointly or separately, unless good cause. Therefore, it is a good idea to get professional help from a licensed Illinois divorce attorney who...

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School Bus Kills Pedestrian in OFallon

  Police in O’Fallon, Illinois are investigating a school bus accident that injured one pedestrian and killed another. On Tuesday afternoon, a school bus transporting several elementary school students was traveling westbound on Highway 50 in O’Fallon when the bus struck two pedestrians. The pedestrians, 36-year-old Junu Rai and 45-year-old Dal Mager, were also walking westbound on the roadway when the accident occurred. Authorities claim they were walking on the roadway where there is little to no shoulder available. Both pedestrians were transported to the hospital where Rai was pronounced dead, and Mager remains in serious condition. The bus belongs to...

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Another Politician Files For Divorce

Just a couple weeks after Alabama Governor filed for divorce, Maine’s 1st Congressional District U.S. Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree has also filed for divorce. Pingree has been married to hedge fund manager, Donald Sussman, for four years and says the decision to divorce has been mutual and amicable. The couple married in 2011 and a year later, Sussman bought the Portland Press Herald, and the sister newspapers, saving the business. Financial agreements have not yet been made public regarding the divorce. When a decision to divorce is reached by both individuals in a marriage, the...

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IL Motorcycle Accident Kills Woman

A motorcycle accident on Sunday night has claimed the life of an Illinois woman. The accident happened in Clinton County, Illinois around 9:15 p.m. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department reported that a man was operating a motorcycle along Illinois 127 when a collision occurred with a passenger vehicle. The accident site was near County Farm Road, and it is not yet known what caused the crash. The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital by the Arch Medical Services helicopter, and his female passenger was transported by ambulance to a St. Louis hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of...

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Celebrity Chef Gloria De Laurentiis Ordered to Pay Child Support

Celebrity chef Gloria De Laurentiis has finalized her divorce to designer Todd Thompson. The couple was married for 11 years and have a 7-year-old daughter. The couple will share joint custody, and Laurentiis was ordered to pay Thompson $9,000 a month for child support. The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement, and a judge ordered that their bank accounts totally $2 million will need to be split. Thompson also kept their home worth $3.2 million and home furnishings and art work valuing over $300,000. Laurentiis will keep her GDL Foods Inc. and production company rights, but will have to...

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Alabama Governors Divorce Making Headline

The wife of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley filed for divorce on August 28 as an attempt to end their 50-year marriage. Once the First Lady Dianne Bentley’s attorneys filed the divorce papers, it began drawing national attention. Although the judge assigned to the case has sealed the divorce documents, rumors are circulating to what has lead to the divorce. One speculation is that the governor had an affair with a staffer and possibly misused state funds. On Wednesday, a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee suggested that Bentley resign from office due to the allegations. Neither Bentley nor the...

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Carnegie Deli Owners Divorce

After 25 years of marriage, the owners of the famous restaurant Carnegie Deli have reached a settlement agreement finalizing their divorce. Sandy and Marian Levine owned the deli after Marian inherited the franchise from her father. Marian sued to divorce Sandy after discovering he had been having an affair with one of the deli’s employees. Marian claims Sandy was giving his mistress money along with the deli’s recipes because the woman was planning to start her own business. The couple reached a settlement agreement this week terminating the marriage and resolving a separate lawsuit accusing Sandy of stealing from the...

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Divorce Selfie Making Headlines

A couple in Canada has become famous for posting a photo to social media of themselves after filing for their divorce. The photo is considered unique because the couple, Chris and Shannon Neuman, appear to be happy in the photo by smiling. Shannon posted the picture to her Facebook account stating her and her husband, Chris, had made the decision to divorce and are happy because they choose to do so amicably with the best intentions for their children. Shannon claims they decided to end their marriage without being bitter and putting their children in the middle of a nasty...

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