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Divorcing in Illinois

Contested vs. Uncontested? In the state of Illinois as any other place, there are certain rules and regulations in regards to divorce.  Furthermore, when one spouse decides he or she wants to end a marriage, it is important to understand the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce and what is involved in both.   Contested Divorce A contested divorce is simply when both parties do not agree on the proceeding.  Often times, most items agued over are: One spouse does not want the divorce Child support amounts Property division Allocation of debts Spousal support or maintenance issues Child issues; living arrangements and visitations  Uncontested...

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St. Louis Man Charged in Deadly Car Crash

​Pregnant 15-year-old Teen KilledIn St. Louis, Missouri 21-year-old Brian Green pleaded guilty to his actions that occurred from a car crash that happened March 6, 2014.  Now, Green will serve three years in prison as he was charged with criminal action and second-degree involuntary manslaughter.  Green admitted he knew that his driving posed a substantial risk and that his actions could have killed someone thus leading to his charges.Sadly, the fatal car crash happened when Green sped his Acura up to 60 mph, went through a stop sign, and struck another vehicle and a tree.  Tragically, when the car struck...

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Divorce and Abuse of Parental Time

What Happens When a Parent Abuses Time with Their Children? Divorce is hard on a family, especially when children are involved.  Furthermore, when one parent abuses the allocated time with his or her children after divorce or separation, repercussions can occur.   If a parent of a child does abuse parenting time, the court may provide an expedited procedure and enforce the time appropriately.  In Illinois, both criminal and family court offers rights for allocation of parental time to divorced parents or those who had a child who were never married. Additionally, the laws for parental time applies to non-custodial parents who were...

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Divorce and Disabled Children

Navigating through a Divorce with a Disabled Child The term “disabled” refers to a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially inhibits major life activities, someone who has a record of impairments, or is known to have an impairment.  Divorce is hard no matter what the situation, however, when it involves a disabled child it be trickier.  Likewise, deciding support for a non-minor child with a disability can be equally as mentally and emotionally taxing as the actual divorce.  When a couple divorces and have a non-minor child with a disability, the court may award money out of the...

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Relocation After Divorce

Parent’s Rights to Relocation After Divorce Even when a divorce is final, that doesn’t mean complications and complexities with the situation can’t arise.  Furthermore, if one parent seeks to relocate with the child, there are certain procedures that must be followed.  Likewise, since relocation of a parent means substantial change in circumstances for a child, the following must be kept in mind for the party seeking to move: Date and address of parent’s relocation Length of time the relocation will last 60-day written notice of the relocation to be filed with the court Rights of the Non-Relocating Parent If the...

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Help with Estate Planning

What is Estate Planning? ​Estate Planning is something everyone should be prepared for no matter what his or her background or amount of money.  Likewise, although not everyone realizes it, each person that owns possessions of some sort has an estate.  Such items are included in an estate are: Real estate Banking accounts Investments Life Insurance Furniture Possessions It is a wise decision to execute a will or trust with a skilled Edwardsville estate planning attorney so you can know what will happen to your things after you are gone.  That way you can ensure all of your wishes are carried out the way you want them, and...

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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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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 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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Estate Planning: What’s the Difference Between a Will and Trust?

Wills and TrustsThe terms will and trust seem to often be used interchangeably, however, most people are unsure what the difference is, and how they are used with estate planning. Likewise, although estate planning is something that should be done, the grim thought of looking into the future when you’re gone is not something most people want to do.  On the other hand, when wills and trusts are skillfully executed by a professional Illinois estate planning attorney, you can rest assured that your family members will be well taken care even after you’re gone.  What...

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