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900 E. Roosevelt Road, Lombard, IL 60148

Phone: 630-932-9100

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134 N. Bloomingdale Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Phone: 630-529-4761

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333 N. Randall Road, Suite 104, St. Charles, IL 60175

Phone: 630-443-0600

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58 N. Chicago Street, Suite 500, Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 815-727-4500

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Family Law

Illinois family law attorneysBlended families come in all shapes and sizes. Each one is unique, but they all have one thing in common: shared children. It is the best interests of these children that should take precedence in all that the families say and do. One family is setting the example by showing up to soccer games in customized, blended family jerseys. How are they making it work, and how can you adapt their style to fit your family? The following explains.

Remember to Be Mindful of the Child’s Comfort Level

Although a new relationship may be the last thing on the mind of some divorcing couples, others have been working on their transition for years. As such, they may already be romantically involved with someone else. Unfortunately, children can find these new relationships jarring, painful, or even traumatizing. The effect is heightened if they have not yet had the chance to adjust to the divorce. So, regardless of where parents are at in their new relationships, it is crucial that they stay mindful of their child’s comfort level.

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Illinois divorce lawyersDivorce can bring on a confusing mix of emotions and high levels of stress. Often, this is because couples are not certain of what to expect during the process. Rest assured that, although every divorce is unique, many contain similar aspects. Though complex and different in their application from one divorce to the next, understanding these major and common issues can help reduce the anxiety that you may be feeling and prepare you for the journey ahead.

Division of Marital Assets

Unless you and your spouse developed a comprehensive, well-planned prenuptial agreement, it is likely that you will need to go through the division of marital assets. Despite common misconception, this is not a 50-50 split in Illinois. Instead, Illinois is an equitable distribution state, which means you and your spouse will split your property, assets, and debts in a “fair” manner. What equitable means will vary from one couple to the next, and how each couple determines it will depend greatly on their situation.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersOf all the assets that a couple owns, the family home tends to be the most emotional to negotiate in divorce. It can also make up nearly half of the couple’s assets, depending on where they are in the mortgage and depreciation scale. As such, it is crucial that couples fully understand the risks and potential pitfalls associated with family home negotiations – especially if one party plans on keeping it. The following information may help. 

Approach Negotiations with a Clear Head

The first thing to keep in mind is that divorce, though often an emotionally wrenching situation, is more like a business transaction, and it should be treated as such. This means, no matter how irritated or angry you might be with your spouse, you will need to come to the negotiations with a clear head. Avoid being petty, disengage from arguments, and consider letting your lawyer handle the bulk of the communications to minimize contact.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersWhile mediation can reduce the overall cost of a divorce, there are some situations in which it may not be appropriate. Hidden assets – or the potential for hidden assets – are a prime example. Learn how to determine if your spouse may be hiding assets, and how hidden assets during mediation can impact the outcome of your divorce.

Are You at Risk for Hidden Assets?

Divorces involving closely held businesses, one-sided financial disadvantages, high net worth, or excessive debt tend to have an increased risk for hidden assets during divorce proceedings. However, any couple may experience asset dissipation (the loss of assets) or asset hiding issues during their divorce. A few signs that could indicate it might be happening to you include:

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DuPage County family law attorneysAs divorce becomes less stigmatized, and families grow more aware of the negative impact that family strife can have on children, more couples are opting for unconventional post-divorce family models. Some use birdnesting. Others choose a 50/50 split on the allocation of parenting responsibilities and parenting time. Still others have separate lives but continue to have family outings and vacations together. Which option is right for your family? The following may help you decide.

Live-In Parenting Models

Some parents get along well enough that they can use a live-in model after the divorce. This can range from all-out living together as a family, 24/7, to birdnesting – a model in which children stay in the family home but parents rotate in and out. How do you know if one of these options may be appropriate for your family?

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