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Child support frustrations for Illinois father

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, November 23, 2012. 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

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Tips for co-parenting in Illinois

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC on Tuesday, November 20, 2012. 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

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Mayor reaches temporary child support agreement

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, November 16, 2012. 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

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Illinois parents: Relocation requests needed to move

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. 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

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Safe zones for child custody exchanges

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, November 9, 2012. 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

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Employers affected by divorce too

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC on Monday, November 5, 2012. Divorce, especially those considered rather contentious or ones where children are involved, are often messy. Even in those uncontested divorces, where both spouses are able to easily come to agreements, there is still the emotional and financial toll that divorce takes. This in turn can end up negatively affecting the businesses where these soon-to-be ex-spouses are working. According to several studies, those employees who are going through a divorce are more prone to mistakes, are more likely to project their anger on to colleagues and are just all

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Prenuptial agreement validity stands up in court

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, November 1, 2012. A prenuptial agreement is one way to handle property division. Granted, many might not find it the most romantic to negotiate a prenuptial agreement before a marriage, but doing this ahead of time does ensure that in the case of a divorce — especially a high-asset divorce — property would be properly divided. Deion Sanders, who was a former cornerback for the Cowboys and other NFL teams, did the right thing by negotiating a prenuptial agreement 14 years ago when he married model Pilar

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Lack of work-life balance can lead to separation, divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, October 26, 2012. Many times when a couple realizes their marriage is not going the way either planned, they will decide to separate in order to figure out what it is that they both really want. Often times this separation leads to an official divorce filing. Recently, actor Russell Crowe and his wife Danielle Spencer announced their separation. This came after nine years of marriage. And while it has not been reported as to what led to their decision to separate, one has to wonder if their heavy

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Differences between primary and legal custody in Illinois

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, October 25, 2012. When it comes to divorce decisions, child custody arrangements are always the most contentious. During this time it can also get particularly confusing as parents try to navigate the world of custody. Parents in Illinois may find themselves wondering, what is the difference between primary and legal custody? Who will be in charge of things like religious upbringing, medical decisions and extracurricular decisions? Of course, there is no one-size approach, but there is a general breakdown of custody terms used in Illinois: Physical custody:

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Unpaid child support lands one father behind bars

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, October 19, 2012. For many parents — whether they are going through a divorce or just splitting up — determining child support will be part of that process. This means each parent will need to provide proof of their earnings. A judge will then look at not just income, but also the needs of the child. Once the amount the noncustodial parent has to pay is determined, it is very important that parents stay up-to-date on their payments. If not, he or she could end up having

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Should U.S. judges consider foreign laws in divorce?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, October 18, 2012. For many people, religion plays a major role in their lives and is represented at major life occasions. Naturally, many people include their religious beliefs into their wedding. However, if the marriage ends up not working out as planned, many of those same people also want their religious beliefs to be honored in their divorce. The idea of whether U.S. judges should consider Islamic law and other foreign laws is a hot-button issue. Right now there are already six states where judges are only

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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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