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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.

Military parents can struggle for child custody

A panel of attorney's across all the states are working to apply uniform rules for military members going through child custody proceedings. Many people might wonder why child custody is any different for military members. There is much concern that men and women who are in the military might have their potential overseas deployments considered when a judge is making a child custody decision. Parents who are deployed overseas might be disadvantaged because of their lengthy time away from the child involved.

While their overseas deployment will likely be a temporary change, a child custody order might be more permanent and difficult to change. Although many states have passed laws that address the issue of child custody and visitation rights, many are not the same. By making laws more uniform across state governments, parents that serve in the military will have an easier time addressing any child custody issues that arise because of their deployment.

Part 2: The increasing role of technology in divorce

In our last post we focused on how social media is increasingly being cited in divorce filings and submitted as evidence in child custody cases. However, when it comes to the role technology is playing in couple's lives it goes well beyond just status updates and photos being posted. Rather, property division questions can also arise when it comes to splitting up digital assets and technological gadgets.

For example, what happens in cases where a couple going through a divorce previously shared a home computer with an iTunes account? Now, each spouse want not only the computer, but also ownership of the iTunes account that comes with it hundreds of dollars worth of already purchased music. Just how should that be split up?

Part 1: The increasing role of technology in divorce

Technology and social media are increasingly playing a role in divorce. Even just this past March the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers reported that in the past five years roughly 80 percent of divorces included some aspect of social media.

Specifically, when looking at how social media is playing a role in divorce, outside of increasing the urge for infidelity and leading to a divorce, social media posts are frequently being submitted in child custody cases in order to try and call into question the other parent's ability to care and raise children.

T.O.'s unpaid child support teaches lesson to Illinois fathers

Terrell Owens, the former wide receiver for the Bengals commonly known as "T.O.," was once again in the news for issues related to child support. Over the months this has been an ongoing issue for Owens, as the mother of his child has filed three complaints in the last year related to him supposedly not paying his court-ordered child support.

Owens was scheduled to appear in court yesterday for a child support hearing. However, due to a reported miscommunication, he did not show up and the hearing was rescheduled for next week.

More couples choosing collaborative divorce

When it comes to divorce we tend to think of the two spouses who are in court battling over every piece of property the two ever owned together. However, for many divorcing couples this is not the way, and rather, more and more are turning to mediation and collaborative divorce.

With collaborative law each spouse has a lawyer and there is a neutral financial advisor. In some cases, there may also be a mental health professional. From there, each spouse sits down with their lawyer to talk through issues related to things like child custody and property division.

Tips for answering questions about your divorce

No one likes anyone in their business, especially when it's about divorce. The truth is that even in cases where a person knows that getting a divorce is the best thing for their family, and their personal well-being, it still may not be on anyone's list of top favorite things to talk about with friends, family and coworkers. However, people going through a divorce should be prepared, for as the word gets out, others will most likely be asking questions.

For fathers, the first thing to keep in mind is the kids. Think about how the kids will feel about how the questions are being answered. Will they be hurt? How do they feel about the situation? By framing it in this way, a person is less likely to snap and say something regrettable.

Stange Law Firm Opens Office in Madison County, Illinois in Edwardsville

Stange Law Firm, LLC, a family law firm, with offices in St. Louis (Brentwood), St. Charles, and Jefferson County (Arnold) and St. Louis City (by appointment only), Missouri and Belleville, Illinois, has now opened an office in the St. Louis Metro East, in Madison County at 5 Club Centre, Suite A, Edwardsville, Illinois 62025.  This new office office will better serve the firm's clients in the St. Louis Metro East in Illinois. The opening was July 2, 2012.

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