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Belleville and Edwardsville Divorce Law Blog

Part 1: Handling insurance policies during divorce

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling the many types of insurance after a divorce. Typically, especially when a couple has children, there's car insurance, life insurance and health insurance that all need to be addressed when coming to agreements and the divorce settlement. In these next two posts, we will address these main types of insurance that most parents have before, during and after a divorce.

If parents have a teenage driver in the family, the car insurance dilemma will need to be figured out. The first thing to keep in mind is that driving is a privilege. This privilege means, typically, a judge is not going to address how car insurance should be handled for the teen driver.

Tips for owning an Illinois business with an ex-spouse

Many people meet, fall in love and get married. Somewhere along the line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, many also decide to go into business together. In fact, in 2007 it was estimated that roughly 3.7 million businesses in the country are owned by a husband and wife. So just what happens when the husband and wife decide to get a divorce? What happens to the business?

Of course, some may decide to no longer work together, even buying one spouse out. However, others actually decide that even though they are no longer married, they want to continue to run the business together.

Use brains, not emotions, during divorce

Going through a divorce is a highly emotional time. And while this is totally understandable, it is important to not allow those emotions to be the reason why financial decisions are made as these decisions can end up impacting a person for the rest of their life.

Generally, there are three main categories people going through a divorce fall into: not being informed of what they have, not being prepared to get divorced, and not thinking about how decisions will impact the future.

Comedian falls behind on child support, ordered to pay $10,000

Due to the recent recession, many fathers have found themselves in tough financial spots unable to keep up with child support payments. How this happens absolutely makes sense. However, without first obtaining a child support modification, a father can find himself facing significant criminal consequences for falling behind.

This recently happened to rather well-known comedian Joe Piscopo. Due to his profession as an actor and entertainer, his income is not always consistent. This was supposedly the reason why he fell $50,000 behind on child support payments to his ex-wife. The two have three children together.

Deported father wants custody of his 3 children

Child custody cases can get confusing enough. However, throw in immigration law and accusations of child abuse and the entire situation can quickly become even more complicated.

One father, who was deported back to Mexico two years ago, was recently in the U.S. to attend a child custody hearing. This hearing was after his wife, who is currently in jail, lost custody of the couple's three children. It was determined she is an unfit parent.

Child support frustrations for Illinois father

One Illinois father and his wife are finally starting to see the light at the end of the child support tunnel. But this is only after years of frustration and complications where the man was paying his ex-girlfriend child support for his twin daughters, yet the state was messing up what he owed and how much he should be paying.

Looking back at what happened, the Illinois father was paying child support for more than 10 years to his ex-girlfriend. Everything was running smoothly until 2009 when his ex-girlfriend moved to Mississippi. This was after she already moved several times between different states.

Tips for co-parenting in Illinois

Parenting is certainly not always easy. Even in families where both parents are still together, it can often be hard for both mom and dad to come to agreements on how to raise their children. In the cases of divorce, at times, it can even feel downright impossible.

However, keep in mind that there are plenty of parents in Illinois who are divorced and raising children. In many of these cases, the children no longer have to listen to mom and dad bicker and argue on a daily basis and are actually better off because of it. In these cases, where children are being raised by consistent and respectful parents, the parents are choosing to work together to co-parent their children.

Mayor reaches temporary child support agreement

During a divorce it can be quite difficult to come to an agreement, especially when there are children involved. Parents need to reach an agreement on not only what is best for the child in terms of physical custody, but also what an appropriate amount of child support paid by the noncustodial parent should be each month.

Recently a decision was reached in terms of child support between a mayor and his ex-wife. The mayor will be paying her $1,850 a month for their three children. This agreement means, at least for the time being, he will no longer be giving her additional money for alimony or splitting the cost of the children's clothes or other expenses. Additionally, he will no longer be providing his ex with a $460 a month car note.

Illinois parents: Relocation requests needed to move

When Illinois parents wish to move out of the state -- or the country -- with their child, they need to get permission from the child's other parent to do so. Failure to do this can result in very serious consequences.

An ongoing child custody battle between actress Halle Berry and the father of her daughter, Gabriel Aubry, was a perfect example of requests for relocation. Berry had wanted to move with her 4-year-old daughter to France. She claimed it was due to the fact that France has stricter laws regarding privacy and the paparazzi. This, she said, would benefit her daughter.

Safe zones for child custody exchanges

For parents with particularly contentious relationships, drop off and pick up times for custody and visitation exchanges can be quite challenging. Especially in situations where there is the threat -- or perceived threat -- of domestic violence, parents want to make sure they are safe and so are their children.

This is why one county recently started an around-the-clock 24 hour custody exchange zone. The zone is monitored the entire time by the sheriff's office through video surveillance. This way, if an issue were to occur, law enforcement could respond and the entire thing would be on tape.

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