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February 2016 Archives

Tax considerations that divorcees should know about

9346940_S.jpgGoing through a divorce can be difficult enough; regardless of how ready you may be to get away from your soon to be ex spouse. Combine the difficulties of splitting the marital estate and working on a shared custody schedule and you may not even realize that you may have tax issues to resolve before your divorce is finalized.

The federal law that protects divorcing active-duty soldiers

9965769_S.jpgThough it may not always live up to its promises, the federal government tries to honor the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces. In this spirit, Congress passed the most recent version of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) in 2003. Formerly known as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, the law protects active-duty servicemembers from litigation.

New Illinois law shortens pre-divorce separation rule

42086513_S.jpgWe have spoken a couple of times already in this blog about changes to Illinois' family law statutes, but so much has changed that a third post is necessary. Today, we will discuss how spouses no longer need to cite grounds for divorce to end their marriage sooner.

Madison County's 'Accountability Court' to get child support paid

42892638_S.jpgMuch of what Illinois courts do to get noncustodial parents to pay child support focuses on punishing the parent for falling behind: garnishing wages and even jail time are options. This works to some extent, but many observers note that locking up a parent is not going to help him or her raise the money to get up to date on child support.

Illinois judge denies protection order, says abuser 'loves' victim

21924135_S.jpgFar too many people in Illinois suffer domestic abuse in silence. Some believe their abusive spouse or partner will change, or may fear even worse violence if they try to leave. It can take a lot of courage to escape abuse and take legal steps to protect yourself from your abuser.

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