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Family Law

DuPage County mediators and guardians ad litemDivorce and other domestic matters, such as requests for parenting time and/or allocation of parental responsibilities for a child born to non-married couples, are emotionally charged and complex matters. As such, they are often difficult to navigate, even for those that wish to resolve matters amicably. Illinois family law courts understand this and have provisions in place to help families work through their domestic disputes. Learn more about guardians ad litem and other court-appointed mediators, including what they do and why you might need one, with help from the following information.

Guardians ad Litem

In family courts, guardians ad litem are appointed to protect the best interests of a child. They are often used when parents are unable to reach an agreement over the allocation of parental responsibilities and/or parenting time. They may also be used if there are concerns over neglect or abuse of the child. Much of what they do is investigation work - they examine the life of each parent, home, and support system. They often speak with the child and may even do surprise home inspections. They then present their information to the court so that the judge can make determination over the child’s placement.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersComplex and emotionally triggering in almost every way possible, divorce can ultimately result in the dissolution of a business. As such, owners are often wary of the process, and may even resort to criminal activity to protect their investment. Others may attempt to use the company as leverage or a way to seek revenge. Whatever your situation - no matter how contentious it may be - the following information can help. It explains the business valuation process and lets you know what you can expect. You will also learn how to ensure that you and/or your spouse’s business is accurately valued so that you can maximize your chances of getting the divorce settlement you deserve.

How the Value of a Business is Determined

Business valuation is a complex process with numerous factors to consider. Debts, assets, liabilities, and previous earnings history are analyzed. Future earnings and potential tax obligations are estimated as well. A business analysis expert then uses this information to calculate the overall value of the business, which is then added to the total value of the marital estate. This does not mean the business will be split equally, however. Instead, each party’s financial needs, future earning potential, potential tax obligations, contributions to the business, and other financial factors are examined. This is then used to determine what their equitable (“fair”) share of the business and marital estate should be.

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DuPage County family law attorneysAs the calendar turns, signifying yet another year, Illinois will be making some changes to family law. If you are preparing for a divorce in 2017, learn what these changes might mean for your case, and how you can effectively prepare for them with the experienced assistance of a legal professional. The following also contains important information how those who already pay or receive child support may be impacted by the change.

How Child Support Calculation is Changing

In August of 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill that changed two specific areas of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) - 750 ILCS 5/505 and 750 ILCS 5/510. These areas pertain to how child support is calculated during the divorce process.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersDivorce is certainly an emotionally difficult process, and divorcees should do all that they can to ensure they have adequate support throughout the process. Yet the recovery from this aspect of divorce is often less difficult than the financial recovery. In fact, one study suggests it could take five years or longer for some to fully recover from the financial repercussions of divorce. Thankfully, it is possible to mitigate this risk. The following information explains further.

Choose Your Assets with Care

All too often, divorcees let emotion override reason, and that can place one or both parties at serious financial risk in the years to come. This is particularly true when it comes to choosing assets - namely assets that carry both emotional ties and significant financial implications, such as the family home. Avoid making this common mistake by critically assessing your situation. If you take the house, can you truly afford the payments, taxes, and upkeep? Or would you be better served by selling the asset and then taking a monetary settlement?

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DuPage County divorce lawyersNot all divorces include alimony (also known as spousal support), but some do. Unfortunately, not every divorcee is prepared for the tax implications of such a provision, and they may be ill-advised by unreliable sources. If you are filing for divorce expect to pay or receive alimony, the following can help you better understand your potential tax obligations. It also provides some key information on how to ensure your best interests are preserved during a divorce with a possible alimony award.

Tax Deductions and Paid Alimony

When the courts award alimony, the paying spouse is often allowed to claim these payments on their taxes. There are some stipulations, however. The Internal Revenue states that you must be able to provide a divorce or separation instrument that states the amount you are ordered to pay. This can come in the form of an official divorce decree or separate maintenance, a written separation agreement, or any other form of decree stating that alimony has been awarded. It is also important to note that the document does not have to be considered valid to claim spousal support on your taxes, but it may be considered void if a court has deemed it invalid. Further, you do not have to itemize your deductions to claim a deduction for alimony paid.

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