Senate Bill 57 has brought about a lot of changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA); focus is now clearly set to ensure that the best interest of children take priority, and removal of certain terms and legal barriers are meant to reduce anger and squabbling during proceedings. However, there are still some matters that fathers should address with due diligence once the papers have been served.
Read (and Make Sure You Understand) Everything
Divorce paperwork can be lengthy, boring, and a little confusing at times. But this packet outlines all the information submitted by your soon-to-be ex-spouse, including their terms of relocation, child support, and the allotment of parenting time. Failure to thoroughly read and understand this paperwork can have drastic consequences, especially for those with a disgruntled or vindictive spouse; knowing what you are up against is your first and most important line of defense.
Resist the Urge to Retaliate
If you have found something you do not like or agree with in your divorce paperwork, resist your instinctive urges to retaliate. Do not call and scream at your ex-spouse. Do not send negative, lengthy emails. In fact, if it at all possible, avoid any unnecessary contact since such exchanges can be used to build your ex’s case, further risking your future relationship with your child or children.
Meet All Deadlines Early
When in the middle of a divorce, life can become pretty hectic, and that can lead to missing important deadlines. Unfortunately, this is akin to handing your ex-spouse everything they wanted. Avoid this catastrophe by meeting all your deadlines early; if necessary, employ the assistance of an attorney to ensure all necessary responses are received on time.
Be as Present as Possible
Even if things are crazy, hectic, difficult, and a little hostile, it is important that you stay as present in your child’s life as possible. Make phone calls, if and whenever feasible. Follow through on all commitments. Most importantly, play an active role in your child’s everyday life – go to baseball games, attend parent-teacher conferences, show up in whatever way you can. A conversation with your attorney regarding pre-emptive child support may also benefit you in court.
Seek Experienced Legal Help with Your Divorce
Even under the best of circumstances, divorce is complex and stressful. As such, it is highly recommended that you seek assistance from a skilled and experienced DuPage County divorce attorney. Mevorah Law Offices LLC offer more than 200 years of combined experience to the Carol Stream, Hanover Park, and Wheaton areas. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 630-932-9100 today.
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