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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_379612687.jpgDomestic violence occurs when an individual(s) is abused by someone who is their relative, cohabiter, or significant other. Domestic violence can occur between parents, spouses or former spouses, individuals in dating or engagement relationships, cohabitants, or former cohabitants. 

In Illinois, domestic violence is considered to be a serious crime and a violent offense that comes with severe penalties such as prison time and fines. The five different types of domestic violence include:

       1. Physical Abuse

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Illinois child support lawyersChild support can be a sensitive and complex matter, regardless of the child’s age or developmental stage. Yet, when dealing with special needs children, the stakes are often higher. If you are planning on pursuing support for a child with special needs, or if you expect that a case may soon be brought against you, the following information can help you better understand the laws in Illinois. You shall also learn how an experienced family law attorney can assist with your case, and why hiring one could be crucial to the outcome of your child support case.

Illinois Child Support Basics

When determining the amount of support that a parent is supposed to pay, the courts first examine the combined income of both parents. This information is then used to determine the amount of support that is needed for the child. The courts then examine the net income of each parent to determine what their share of the support should be. Parenting time may also be factored into the equation at this point, but this is typically only done when each of the parents has the child(ren) for at least 146 nights out of the year. Otherwise, the deduction may not apply.

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Illinois divorce attorneysFor a majority of couples undergoing the divorce process, money is often one of the biggest concerns, as bank account balances following the end of a marriage can significantly impact one’s financial standing post-divorce. Bouncing back from and adjusting to the lifestyle transition that divorce brings about can be difficult under even the mildest circumstances, but lack of proper debt division and asset disputes can further complicate each party’s attempt to overhaul their finances.

Divorce Debts and How They are Handled in Illinois State

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act includes debts and other standing obligations as financial matters to be considered among the division of marital property. The law defines “marital property” as any property (or debts) acquired by either spouse after the marriage took place. This means any joint loans, credit lines, or accounts opened in both spouse’s names are marital property and are considered the responsibility of both parties in the event of divorce. These responsibilities can include everything from cars, furniture, and savings accounts, to stock portfolios and retirement savings plans.

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DuPage County divorce lawyersOnce the decision to divorce has been made, parties often start to wonder how they will fare financially. After all, money is one of the most common reasons for contention in divorce. Contention is not the only issue that may impact a divorce settlement though. In fact, there are many potential pitfalls that can have a financial impact on one or both divorcing parties. Learn what they are and how you can avoid them by examining the following financial mistakes commonly made in a divorce. 

Underestimating the Potential Impact

Divorce is a lot like a business transaction, and like all business transactions, it is inherently complex. Factors that determine the division of debts and assets are applied differently from one case to the next, based on the couple's particular situation, and that can leave one party at risk for a significant financial depletion. In fact, one study found that baby boomers, who are currently divorcing at an unprecedented rate, saw a 77 percent reduction in wealth after divorce. Add in the potential for asset depletion, asset hiding, and revengeful spending and it becomes clear just how crucial it is that one fully understands the financial risks and implications of divorce - so underestimate it at your own risk. 

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DuPage County divorce lawyersThanks to technology, people can now find the answer to almost any question in the world within just a matter of seconds. They can connect with family and friends from around the world. Interested persons can even learn how to rewire their own house or file for their own divorce – but is having such knowledge at one’s fingertips always a good thing? In the case of divorce and electrical work, perhaps not.

Divorce is a Complex Process

Although DIY divorce options may try to convince you that the process is as simple as filling out the forms and filing them with the courts, nothing could be further from the truth. No two marriages or divorces are ever the same, nor should they be treated as such. Furthermore, laws vary by state, and not all DIY divorce options offer state-specific advice or information – and unfortunately, that can make divorce a far bigger and complicated mess than it would have been with appropriate legal assistance.

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