As someone working your way through an Illinois divorce, you may be devoting attention to where you will live and what type of child-custody arrangement you might land on moving forward. While considering such matters is an important part of a divorce, so, too, is recognizing that there are many financial implications involved in splitting from your spouse. At the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C., we are well-versed in the many financial issues that arise amid divorce, and we have helped many Illinois residents navigate these and related matters.
Couples in Illinois who choose to end their marriages known that negotiating the terms of a divorce is never easy. However, after the change from 2018 to 2019, it could get even harder to come to an agreement on how to split assets and debts and whether or not one person will pay spousal support.
Illinois is one of those states that has neither equitable distribution laws nor community property laws in place to dictate the property division process. For this reason, it is not uncommon for individuals who are on the brink of divorce to wonder if, like in community property states, divorce judges split marital assets 50/50. The short answer is no.
What does the term "child custody" really mean? Perhaps that was the question in the minds of Illinois legislators when they redrafted the statutes to use "allocation of significant decision-making responsibilities" in the definitions of custody. Unfortunately, if the perplexity of many of our clients is any indication, lawmakers have somewhat confused the matter in their quest for specificity.
Few divorces or family law issues are without conflict. However, at the Law Offices of Dwayne Douglas, P.C., we understand that you and other Illinois residents may want to minimize the amount of conflict you experience during a dispute, especially when you have children involved. If your disagreement involves your children, such as seeking custody during your divorce or asking for a modification to your current visitation schedule, how can you shield them from the conflict but still have a chance of resolving the argument to your satisfaction?
You have been aware for some time that your marriage seems worse than other unhappy marriages. Instead of just arguing and disagreeing frequently, your fights are intense and usually involve shouts, insults and even things being thrown. Your spouse has never physically struck you, though. Like other Illinois residents going through the same thing, you might wonder if this behavior qualifies as abuse.
If you are getting divorced in Illinois and your spouse is pushing hard to keep your family home, you will want to be very careful about reviewing some facts before you agree to this. If you and your partner have young children who still live at home, you may find it easy to understand why the other parent wants to keep the house so that your kids will be able to have some continuity in their lives amidst a lot of other changes.
Severing ties in any relationship can be upsetting, but a divorce presents an entirely different world of stress. Even after the process is said and done, the psychological effects can last for months, and even years. The following takes a look at some strategies suggested by professionals to help newly divorced Californians get through this difficult life chapter.
If you are an Illinois resident contemplating divorce, your life currently is in somewhat of a shambles. Questions abound and most of them do not as yet have answers. Will I get custody of my children? If so, how much visitation will my soon-to-be ex-spouse receive and under what circumstances? How will we divide our property? Must we sell the house or can I remain living in it, hopefully with my children? If you love your pet almost as much as you love your children, you probably have one more question to add: What will happen to my pet?
Few would argue that divorce is a simple process. Even within the context of an amicable divorce, certain issues can arise that may threaten to derail cooperative tendencies that the parties might have had at the start.