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December 2017 Archives

Domestic violence calls decrease over the holidays

51087016_S.jpgIllinois residents may be interested to learn that statistics suggest that those experiencing domestic violence are less likely to make reports. Law enforcement officials and local experts suggest that this may be due to potentially maintaining the appearance of family happiness. It should be noted, however, that this does not necessarily equal a decrease in the rate of domestic violence.

How to sell the family home in a divorce

42260725_S.jpgFor many Illinois couples who are going through a divorce, the possibility of selling the family home is very real. In fact, smartagents.com, a real state website, estimates that 61 percent of divorces result in the sale of the family home. This can be an emotionally fraught period, and if both spouses are not in agreement about how to handle this, the sale of the home can be undermined. The goal of getting the highest profit for the home, however, should help both spouses keep focused on the sale.

Undocumented parents could lose custody of their children

76919716_S.jpgIn Illinois and throughout the U.S., undocumented families are always at risk of being separated. With the Trump administration ramping up immigration enforcement actions, the millions of children in the U.S. with undocumented parents are at an increased risk. Children who are separated from undocumented parents may end up in foster care while their parents try to regain custody after being forced to leave the country.

'Fuller House' star must pay child support to ex-husband

58904961_S (1).jpgJodie Sweetin, one of the actors in "Fuller House," does not appear to have the fun family life that television viewers in Illinois have seen depicted on her television show. A judge has ruled that she must pay $2,800 every month to her ex-husband to support their child. Their daughter is currently 7 years old, and the court order requires payments to continue until the girl reaches age 18, becomes emancipated, marries or dies.

Reaching resolutions in child custody disputes

82278482_S.jpgIt is common for custody disputes to arise when parents are divorcing in Illinois. In some cases, the parents may have trouble reaching agreements about how they will handle decision making and parenting time. There are several ways that parents may reach agreements so that they can resolve these types of issues so that everyone's interests are protected.

Narcissistic exes and parenting time issues

60483858_S.jpgBeing married to a narcissist could be challenging. However, being divorced from one might be even worse, especially if children are involved. A narcissist is self-centered and may do anything for attention. If a narcissistic parent's children start to show more love for their other parent, they might try gaslighting to manipulate the children and others. There are some things an Illinois parent could do to lessen the effects of gaslighting on their children.

The marital home after divorce

50592687_S.jpgGetting divorced in Illinois involves many decisions regarding finances. In addition to dividing assets and assuming responsibility for debts, homeowners have additional considerations. In many marriages, a house represents one of the largest assets the couple owns. Taking time to understand the options available can protect a divorcing spouse's long-term financial health.

Uncovering gig work as a source of child support

72125504_S.jpgThe advent of the gig economy has provided new opportunities for many people in Illinois. As more and more people are turning to gig work, new problems have arisen for the collection of child support. Some parents who are ordered to pay child support have turned to gig work to try to evade their child support obligations.

Holidays can be a difficult time for divorced parents

For many divorced families in Illinois, the holiday season can be an emotionally and logistically challenging experience. Co-parenting already comes with difficulties, and sharing parenting time during the holidays can pose unique stresses for parents. However, holidays can also be an occasion for parents to demonstrate that their love for their kids is more important than issues with an ex-partner. This can be incredibly important for strengthening the psychological support for children who live in separate homes after divorce.

When parental responsibilities are undefined

65778758_S.jpgWhen a military marriage in Illinois dissolves, and a couple separates, they have a lot of things to think about. If they had joint bank accounts, joint property, or a joint business, they need to figure out how they're going to separate these things. The situation gets more complicated when there are children involved, especially if there has not been a legal divorce and there are no legal guidelines stipulating parental responsibilities and parenting time.

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