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Divorce: How are Property and Debts Divided?

Marital Property Divorce can be a messy process which can turn your financial and emotional world upside down.  However, there are many steps you can take to ensure your finances are not severely impacted for years to come especially when there is a large amount of marital property at stake.  In the state of Illinois, marital property is all things acquired subsequent to the marriage which in includes debts, property, and any other financial obligations.   Non-Marital Property ​It is also equally important to understand what assets are considered non-marital property as well.  Examples of such items include: Property...

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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 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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Visitation by Non-Parents During Divorce 

Visitation Rights by Non-Parents During a divorce, custody and visiting arrangements can be complex and confusing, especially in such an emotionally charged time.  Likewise, many don’t realize that certain people who are non-parents can still have rights to visits with children as well.  Certain appropriate people who can be granted non-parental visitation include: Grandparents Great grandparents Siblings Step parents​ Means of Visitation: Non-parental visitation during or after divorce can include electronic communication facilitated by the phone, electronic mail, instant messaging, video conferencing or other technology such as the Internet.  Likewise, visitation means in-person time as well spent between the child and...

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Illinois Divorce and Maintenance Laws

Maintenance and Divorce During a divorce, legal separation, or declaration of invalidity of marriage occurs one of the spouses may be entitled to maintenance.   Likewise, when divorce proceedings occur and maintenance is awarded for either spouse, the amount and period of time it is paid out to the spouse is determined by the court without regard to marital misconduct.   If you are in the process of needing help with a maintenance issue, help from a skilled Illinois divorce attorney can greatly help you through the process. How is Maintenance Paid?Maintenance during a divorce may be allocated...

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Car Crashes Can Happen to Anyone

Kris Jenner Involved in Car Crash ​Unfortunately, car crashes can happen to anyone at anytime, and even the rich and famous are not immune to the situation.  Likewise, celebrity matriarch Kris Jenner was recently involved in a car crash in California when her vehicle collided with another.  The car crash happened in Calabasas Rd. when Jenner was driving west, and a vehicle heading west turned in front of her just before the 101 freeway.  Although Jenner attempted to stop her Rolls-Royce before the car accident, she was unable to do so and collided the front end of her vehicle with a Prius.  Although...

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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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