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Family Law

DuPage County family law attorneysWhen a divorce happens, everyone in the family is affected. However, children are often the most at risk for long-term emotional problems and maladjustment. This is especially true when conflict continues after the divorce is complete. You can minimize the risk to your children by developing a well-planned, thoughtful, and intentional parenting plan that reduces conflict and encourages a healthy, lasting relationship with the other parent. Of course, this is often easier said than done. To help you get started, here are some of the most commonly used parenting plan structures.

Traditional Co-Parenting Plans

Most parents are familiar with the traditional co-parenting plan. It is one in which the allocation of parental responsibilities follows a predictable schedule, and both parents have equal (or close to equal) decision-making power. Of course, this can look very different from one family to the next. Whereas one family might switch off time with their child on a weekly basis, others might alternate holidays and weekends. Some may even switch off a couple of times throughout the week. This parenting plan is often most beneficial for parents who can communicate effectively.

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Illinois divorce lawyerWhen it comes to divorce in Illinois, marital property is divided equitably, but not necessarily equally. This can result in a great deal of contention, and even confusion over who gets what out of a divorce. If you are separated, planning on filing for divorce, or have already begun the process, the following information can help you better understand how marital property is divided in divorce.

Marital Factors That Influence Property Distribution

Once the assets and debts have been valued in a divorce, couples can begin to negotiate a reasonable settlement regarding how the marital estate can be distributed. However, those that are unable to reach an agreement may take the matter to court. Here, a judge will consider several factors to determine how marital property should be distributed. These include:

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Illinois family law attorneysEvery year, changes and modifications are made to existing laws. Oftentimes, they are made to ensure current laws reflect the needs and situations experienced by today’s members of society. Other times, changes are made to improve how the system functions, or to better define our laws. Both prompted the most recent changes to Illinois family state laws. Understand what these charges are, and what they mean for your divorce, custody, or family law case.

No-Fault Divorce Seeks to Reduce Contention

Prior to 2016, couples often filed for divorce based upon reason or circumstances. The new laws eliminated these reasons, including the popular “heart balm” divorce options like spousal alienation and infidelity. Now there is only no-fault divorce – a simple, clear-cut filing that couples can use to indicate that, for one reason or another, the marriage broke down and cannot be resolved. The theory is that, by removing fault and finger-pointing, couples could focus on the legal aspects of their divorce instead of getting into arguments about who wronged whom. In short, the change was meant to reduce contention during divorce, both in and out of the courtroom.

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domestic violence safety, DuPage County family law attorneysThere is no shortage of do-it-yourself divorce information on the internet. You can even download forms for little to nothing. Now, there are smartphone applications that claim they can help you successfully achieve a divorce. But do these options actually deliver? More importantly, should you even attempt to go through with a do-it-yourself divorce? Once you know the risks and dangers, the truth is that these do-it-yourself options often seem less appealing.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce Mistakes

Divorce attorneys spend years going to school to learn the complexities of the law. Once they graduate, committed attorneys continue their education by constantly staying informed and on top of all changes, modifications, and new limitations in their state. Logically speaking, all of this time and effort would simply be a waste if a divorce were easy. Furthermore, there would be no need to pursue years of education to simply fill out and file a few forms.

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DuPage County divorce lawyerDivorce can be messy, full of anger and resentment, and emotionally trying on all involved. But children are especially prone to feeling like they are “caught in the middle.” This can lead to difficulties in emotional adjustment that may lead to a battery of issues, including depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and difficulties at school. According to experts, parents may be able to prevent such maladjustments through attentive, supportive, and compassionate parenting.

The Need to Compete

Couples going through divorce experience a lot of emotions: grief, feelings of betrayal, anger, frustration. Those feelings, which are sometimes paired with a desire to “win” the divorce, can lead to feeling as though you have to compete for your child’s love or affection, that by expressing love or affection for the other parent, they are somehow discounting you. But nothing could be further from the truth. Your child loves both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, which means their affection for one does not diminish their love for the other. So, when you feel the need to compete, remember that no one wins in the end: not you, not your ex, and certainly not your child.

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