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November 2013 Archives

Who keeps the family pet after a divorce in Illinois?

5165520_m.jpgIn many divorces, the most contentious issue is child custody. In a number of cases, however, the future of the furriest family member may also pose a major dilemma. Many couples have beloved pets and they are willing to fight like cats and dogs for custody of them.

Soldier is hit with child support increase while on active duty

9583237_s.jpgMilitary divorce, as well as child custody and child support matters involving servicemen and women, involve a number of challenges that are not present in civilian cases. These cases are often complicated by deployments and service schedules, and servicemembers also have complex retirement assets that may be subject to division. Additionally, these family law matters tend to involve federal law, whereas most civilian family law cases in Belleville involve only Illinois state law.

Father's life turned upside down after false accusations of abuse

14657045_s.jpgAllegations of domestic abuse sometimes come up during divorce, child custody, and paternity proceedings in Illinois. In some cases, accusations are completely false. But, even when claims of domestic violence prove to be unfounded, the accused person's reputation and relationships still take a major hit.

International parental abduction threatens father's rights

10526224_s.jpgThere are few legal battles that rival child custody disputes when it comes to the value of what is at stake. Under Illinois law, courts are tasked with deciding child custody or visitation disputes based on the best interests of the children involved. That means that it is imperative for parents to be able to prove to a judge why it is in a child's best interest to be in their care.

Don't let your soon-to-be ex hide assets in a divorce

20850576_s.jpgIt can be an ugly situation when it happens, but unfortunately it's a reality: sometimes a spouse in a divorce will try to hide marital assets from the division of property. This kind of dishonest behavior is illegal in Illinois, but the risk of it happening is probably greater if one spouse has traditionally handled most of the financial matters.

Child support a tricky aspect of family law in Illinois

22002172_s.jpgSince the courts in Illinois are already overburdened with child support cases, some parents will push the envelope by continuing to defy court orders. Typically, this means one parent is not receiving their court-ordered child support and finds themselves stuck, trying to figure out how to get the money that is owed to them. 

Have you brainstormed with your attorney about property division?

14516869_s.jpgProperty division during a divorce is supposed to be fair in Illinois, but that doesn't necessarily mean that both parties will emerge from negotiations with equal success. In marriages with complex assets, much goes into evaluating and dividing the property to ensure that a spouse's financial future is secure.

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