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Illinois family lawyerThe family law lawyer you select for your case can make a significant impact on your current life and future. Therefore, it is essential that you choose the right one. Since there are a plethora of family law matters such as divorce, child custody, spousal support, and parenting plan modifications, your goal should be to find the lawyer who has experience handling a case similar to yours. To help you find the right lawyer, consider asking any lawyers you interview the following questions:

1. How long have you practiced family law?

You do not want to choose a lawyer who is a jack of all trades and represents clients in all types of cases. By selecting a lawyer who has been focusing on family law for many years, you can ensure that they will understand the complexities involved in your case.

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http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=8300000&SeqEnd=10000000If you are going through a divorce and have children under the age of 18, you will have to come up with a parenting plan. Since there is often confusion about what a parenting plan actually is and what to expect when one is drafted and implemented, we have decided to outline the basics in this informative article.

What Is a Parenting Plan?

A legal document that explains how a divorce impacts minor children is known as a parenting plan. It includes information on weekly parenting time, major life decisions, and other components about your children’s lives. In Illinois, a parenting plan must contain the following elements:

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Illinois family lawFamily law is very complex. For this reason, there are many family law misconceptions that our firm frequently encounters. To help you avoid serious mistakes that could negatively impact the outcome of your family law case, we have compiled this list of five of the most common family law misconceptions:

1. Domestic violence claims must involve physical abuse.

Contrary to popular belief, domestic violence does not always involve physical abuse. Although physical abuse is the most serious form of domestic violence, there is also emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse, spiritual abuse, and technological abuse. Domestic violence may involve controlling access to a spouse’s money, diminishing their self-esteem, and preventing them from practicing their religious beliefs.

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DuPage County domestic violence lawyerLeaving a violent relationship is extremely difficult and divorcing an abuser can be a constant uphill battle that feels nearly impossible to win. This is especially true if the children were also abused during the relationship, or if the parent victim believes the abuser may lash out at the children. As such, it is critical that victims understand the potential hurdles they may face during a divorce and how they may best be able to ensure safety throughout the process and beyond.

Safety First

The absolute most important thing anyone divorcing an abuser can do is develop a safety plan. This requires the victim to utilize all the skills and knowledge they have acquired up to the point of separation and to acquire some new ones. For example, a victim likely already knows when to disengage from a conversation or an argument because they know their abuser’s trigger points and behaviors. However, more resources, such as coworkers, family, and friends may need to be notified of the current situation so they can help spot the abuser and notify the victim.

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college expenses in Illinois, DuPage County divorce attorneysMany parents begin saving for college when their children are young, giving their children a head-start on the ever-increasing cost of tuition. Unfortunately, some may eventually go through a divorce and, even though the college savings is ultimately for the child, it can become yet another bitter point in the battle. It does not have to be this way, though. In fact, many divorcing parents manage to co-save; the key is simply knowing how to discuss some important points.

Who Will the Child Live with Most?

Senate Bill 57 made quite a few changes to Illinois divorce laws, including the voiding of terms like "custody" and "visitation." However, one parent will likely still have the child more often. Knowing (or maybe even agreeing) which parent this will be ahead of time can save you a lot of trouble in the long run, and it can provide some important insight as to what each parent’s financial responsibilities will be in the years to come. This can help couples determine if their child may qualify for financial assistance, and it can provide a launching point for determining which parent will contribute more to the college savings plan.

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