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August 2012 Archives

Individual circumstances need to be weighed in custody decisions

When it comes to figuring out child custody arrangements, it's important to realize that there is not a one size fits all approach. Rather, each situation is truly unique and judges and attorneys need to take into account what would be in the best interest of the child, not necessarily the best interests of the parents.

Change in finances leads to child support modification request

Family circumstances can change for a number of reasons. A father can end up laid off and out of work, or taking a job where he earns less. Or maybe, he knows he is going to be going through a surgery and will be out of work for several months. In all of these situations, the father may attempt to have his child support payments reduced by asking the courts for a modification to an existing order.

Avoid trash talking online during a divorce

There's no doubt that going through a divorce is an emotional and frustrating time. However, with more and more people using social platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, many soon-to-be ex-spouses should take heed that these platforms are not the appropriate place to trash talk an ex for it could come back to hurt them in the courtroom.

Who gets Fido? Pet custody disputes and divorce

Property division during a divorce can be quite complicated. Questions often arise over who paid for the item? Who needs it? Who has an emotional attachment to it? And while these types of questions can wind up before a family law judge, property division becomes particularly difficult when the "property" is a living, breathing, family pet.

Part 2: How to protect your credit score after a divorce

In our last post we focused on the importance of making sure to remove a name from a joint credit card account in order to protect a credit score after a divorce. In this post we'll continue to focus on credit scores and dividing up marital debt, only this time we'll focus solely on auto loans and real estate that was purchased when a couple was still married.

Part 1: How to protect your credit score after a divorce

In divorce, while there are certainly decisions that need to be made regarding property, there are also equally important decisions that need to be made about how to divide up marital debt. And while the simple act of being divorced will not negatively impact a person's credit score, how finances are handled during the separation and divorce can greatly impact a person's overall score.

Tips for a less contentious Illinois divorce

When we think of divorce, many of us think of the back-and-forth arguing, the fighting in court over every piece of property, and the ongoing battles over who should have primary custody and how decisions regarding the children should be made. And while this is certainly a reality for many couples, it's important to remember it is not the only way to handle a divorce and that it is possible to have a peaceful dissolution.

Levi Johnston's child custody battle may be uphill

Celebrity family law issues are always in the news. Whether it's a famous actor who files for divorce, or a musician vying for child custody, it is sure to make all of the headlines. For some news readers, while these stories can be considered nothing more than gossip, often times just the baseline situation can in some ways mirror concerns Illinois parents are having.

Second marriage? Consider an prenuptial agreement in Illinois

The definition of family and the rules of relationships have drastically changed in Illinois in the recent past. In the past few decades second or even third marriages are becoming more commonplace, and so have the views on prenuptial agreements.

Avoid common divorce financial mistakes in Belleville and Edwardsville, Illinois

Divorce can be an emotionally grueling time for both husband and wife. Often, these emotions can end up playing a role not only in a person's day-to-day life, but also in their decisions -- especially when it comes to finances.

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