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Change in finances leads to child support modification request

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 this. The father has been out of work since his term expired on the first of the year and he knows he will be unable to work for at least two months after he goes through surgery this month.

Avoid trash talking online during a divorce

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 person being sued for libel. This means that if a wife is claiming her husband is an abusive, alcoholic -- if he can prove otherwise -- this could be the grounds for a lawsuit.

Who gets Fido? Pet custody disputes and divorce

Property division during a divorce can be quite complicated. Questions often arise over who paid for the item? Who needs it? Who has an emotional attachment to it? And while these types of questions can wind up before a family law judge, property division becomes particularly difficult when the "property" is a living, breathing, family pet.

Deciding who owns a pet during a divorce can be quite complicated. Over the past few years the legal system has started to award animals more rights with anti-cruelty laws. Additionally, the family dog or cat can even be left millions of dollars when an owner passes away. However, when it comes to who should be the sole owner of a pet after a divorce there is no clear cut path for judges to necessarily follow.

Part 2: How to protect your credit score after a divorce

In our last post we focused on the importance of making sure to remove a name from a joint credit card account in order to protect a credit score after a divorce. In this post we'll continue to focus on credit scores and dividing up marital debt, only this time we'll focus solely on auto loans and real estate that was purchased when a couple was still married.

When it comes to auto loans, let's say a wife buys a brand new car with the loan in her name and her husband's name. Then, a year later, the couple files for divorce. In this type of situation, it is rather easy for the husband to make sure his credit score is not negatively affected by simply making sure his name is no longer on the title and that his ex-wife has refinanced the vehicle solely in her name. By making these changes, the ex-husband would no longer be held responsible if she stops making auto loan payments.

Part 1: How to protect your credit score after a divorce

In divorce, while there are certainly decisions that need to be made regarding property, there are also equally important decisions that need to be made about how to divide up marital debt. And while the simple act of being divorced will not negatively impact a person's credit score, how finances are handled during the separation and divorce can greatly impact a person's overall score.

For example, let's say a couple had a joint credit card and the divorce settlement reached states the wife will pay back the debt on that card. However, she fails to do this and falls behind on payments. In most cases, while the divorce settlement may hold her responsible in terms of the debt this will not necessarily stop the creditor from attempting to collect from the ex-husband. In this type of scenario, both spouses' credit scores could end up being negatively impacted.

So just what is a person to do to ensure this doesn't happen to them after a divorce?

Tips for a less contentious Illinois divorce

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 question a person should ask themselves is whether it would be possible to be friends after the divorce. In this regard, there were certainly positive qualities in a soon-to-be ex-wife, as there once was a reason for the marriage. In some cases, by re-focusing on the positive it can start to balance out the negative.

Levi Johnston's child custody battle may be uphill

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, Tripp. Johnston is the ex-boyfriend of Bristol Palin, who is the daughter of Sarah Palin.

Second marriage? Consider an prenuptial agreement in Illinois

The definition of family and the rules of relationships have drastically changed in Illinois in the recent past. In the past few decades second or even third marriages are becoming more commonplace, and so have the views on prenuptial agreements.

A recent study conducted by the Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, approximately 67 percent of all second marriages end in a legal divorce, and 74 percent of third marriages do as well.

Avoid common divorce financial mistakes in Belleville and Edwardsville, Illinois

Divorce can be an emotionally grueling time for both husband and wife. Often, these emotions can end up playing a role not only in a person's day-to-day life, but also in their decisions -- especially when it comes to finances.

While divorce does not fit into a one-size-fits-all box, many people who are either in the midst of a divorce or emerging from one make the same financial mistakes. These mistakes are also the same ones where the repercussions can end up affecting a person for some time to come. Below are some things to think about before, during and after a divorce:

How to divide artwork proves complicated in divorce

Dividing up property during an Illinois divorce can be complicated for any couple. However, in situations where high assets are involved, the process of property division can become even more confusing.

A divorce between Christopher Larson, who is a retired Microsoft executive, and his wife Julia Calhoun, recently shed light on complex property division when it comes to splitting up rare and expensive artwork.

In total, the couple owned 47 pieces, including 43 paintings. The collection, which was appraised at $102 million, included pieces by artists such as Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent and Albert Bierstadt.

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