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Talk with an attorney before falling behind on child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Illinois parents going through a divorce can expect that statutory guidelines will be used to help determine how much one parent should be paying and how much the other parent should be receiving in child support. These child support guidelines are heavily dependent on how much the non-custodial parent earns. However, other factors such as medical expenses and child care costs are also factored in to the total amount that should be paid. For the non-custodial parent, failing to make these payments can actually

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Men frequently the victims of domestic violence too

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 11, 2012. In light of October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s important to bring up the fact that men are often the victims of domestic violence. In general, violence against anyone — man or woman — is never OK. However, men often find themselves in a tough situation as their claims of abuse are met with blank stares, while others simply think the claims are a mere attempt to win a child custody battles. The stigma attached to men being abused is also not

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Supervised visitation sometimes an option for Illinois parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Every parent has the right to a relationship with their child. Even in cases where the parents are going through a nasty divorce full of domestic abuse allegations, children should still be able to spend time with both of their parents. In situations where accusations involving abuse play a role, a judge may only allow supervised visitation with the children. This is done in order to ensure the child’s safety, while also still allowing the child and parent to spend time together under the

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How child support could affect obtaining a car loan

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. There are plenty of divorced parents in Illinois who are making or receiving child support payments. And while most understand these payments are intended to go toward cost of living expenses — like food, shelter and clothing — many are shocked to learn that either paying or receiving child support can have an effect on how lenders view their financial risk situation. An example is buying a car, as either making or receiving payments can end up playing a role in a lender’s decisions

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Property division not always easy in divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Friday, September 21, 2012. Dividing up property in a divorce can be quite difficult, especially since some things that may seem straight-forward are in fact complicated. Of course a family law attorney can help sort out the exact details of property division, but here are some tips to keep in mind when thinking about the division of marital property: The first thing to keep in mind is everything is not worth the same. For example, let’s say there is the decision between the $400,000 home — which is

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Many dads awarded primary child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. It used to be that a mother was automatically granted custody of the children. However, in recent years there has been a shift as both parents are being given more of a fair shot when it comes to obtaining primary custody of their children. This in turn has resulted in many more fathers being awarded sole physical custody. Take for example the fact that a judge recently awarded R&B singer Usher primary physical custody of his 4-year-old and 3-year-old. For his ex-wife, the decision

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Illinois and child support guidelines

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, September 7, 2012. Child support continues to be a confusing topic for many Illinois parents. How much will a father need to pay? How is the amount determined? Can payments be adjusted later on down the road if there are financial changes? These are just some of the questions that often arise. Part of the reason for the constant confusion is due to the fact that across the country there is no uniform rule on how payments are determined. Rather, each state has its own rules to

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Postnuptial agreements can take the hassle out of divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. Divorce can get messy. There’s dividing up property, figuring out child custody and visitation schedules and coming to some sort of agreement on just how any marital debt should be taken care of. Without having an agreement beforehand on what to do in the case of a divorce, these issues can end up being drawn out in court with each spouse racking up litigation costs. This is why more couples who did not create prenuptial agreements before walking down the aisle are now starting

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Individual circumstances need to be weighed in custody decisions

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, August 30, 2012. 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. This is why many push back against the idea of statutory policies mandating equal parenting time. Of course this doesn’t mean one parent should have sole custody and

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Change in finances leads to child support modification request

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. 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. One former agricultural commissioner recently did just

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Avoid trash talking online during a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, August 24, 2012. 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. The first thing to remember is that while everyone does have the right to feel a certain way, straight out lying about someone could lead to a

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Tips for a less contentious Illinois divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, August 10, 2012. 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. When trying to set the tone for divorce, the first

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Levi Johnston’s child custody battle may be uphill

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. 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. An example of this was the recent news that Levi Johnston may be seeking child custody of his 3-year-old son,

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