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Peoria Family Law Blog

Financial considerations in divorce can be stressful

While it is only natural for emotions to be overwhelming for anyone ending a marriage, special attention must be paid to the financial decisions made during this time. The impact of doubling the basic household expenses -- such as utilities, groceries and other ongoing expenses -- can be significant. Whether in Illinois or elsewhere, careful planning is required to be prepared for these often unanticipated obligations that result from a divorce.

Fortunately, support and guidance are available, and retaining the services of an experienced divorce attorney can be of great help. In some circumstances, mediation may be the ideal option for settling all material issues. In other cases, it may be necessary to go to court. A lawyer can assist in either instance.

If divorce goes to court, how you behave matters

Most couples in the Peoria area going through divorce file irreconcilable differences as the reason for the action. That catchall phrase allows you to seek a dissolution of marriage without having to establish legal grounds -- something that can take a great deal of time and be complicated.

In the current environment in Illinois, many couples seek to resolve their divorce-related issues without going to court. This may be done through mediation or through negotiations. But when issues can't be resolved, the court must weigh in. Experienced family law attorneys know the value of being skilled in whatever form of advocacy will best serve the client's needs and situation.

Ways to avoid trickle-down effect when grandparents divorce

Back in the Reagan years, trickle-down economics was in vogue. The general idea was that you spur investment by giving investors tax breaks. That spurs production, which spurs job creation, which in turn puts money in consumers' pockets. Demand for all that upstream production goes up. Everyone wins.

Depending on who you talk to, the idea still has merit or is hogwash. We write about it today because there is the trickle-down effect is one that may apply to our topic -- grandparent divorce.

'Essence of marriage' is important but hard to define

You don't hear much about annulment of marriages around Illinois. As we noted in our previous post it is a part of the family law landscape. But state law is fairly restrictive about when it can be sought and when courts can grant that a marriage never really existed in the eyes of the law.

As that post noted, a claim of fraud is one of the grounds upon which an annulment might be sought in Illinois. Very often the argument made is that the alleged fraud somehow violated one of the so-called "essentials of the marriage." What does that mean? The answer in the context of family law issues can be hard to pin down.

Annulment: I thought that was only for Catholic marriages

If you are reading this blog you know that ending a marriage in Illinois is commonly done through filing for divorce. Did you also know that you could, in certain situations, seek to have a marriage annulled?

The fact that there are actually different words to describe these two legal actions should be an indicator that they actually involve two different things. Divorce is when a marriage contract that was legally entered into is dissolved for some reason.

What can birds offer parents of divorce?

Divorce is difficult. If children are involved it can make things more complicated. And, like an onion, the layers of complexity can lead to a lot of tears. To minimize the upset, experienced Peoria family law attorneys know the value of keeping the focus on what's most important -- for the children and for parents who want what's best for all concerned.

It is a given that a child can't be with both parents at the same time when those parents divorce. But it's generally accepted that it is in the best interests of the child to have a plan that provides the child with as much quality time as possible with each parent. And presuming there's no reason to limit contact that means a certain level of equal time for both. How do you achieve that with as little disruption for the child?

Suffragette should inspire men in pushing for fathers' rights

Susan B. Anthony was a woman of passion, politics and rights. In the 1860s she became a leader for women's suffrage in the United States. Among her initiatives was a newspaper that carried the masthead, "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less;" the message being justice for all, regardless of gender.

It might seem odd to draw on the memory of this giant of women's rights to talk about the rights of fathers. But as any experienced family law attorney in the Peoria area will surely attest, she does reflect how sometimes you have to be willing to act to secure the rights to which you are entitled.

Can I get my order for child support changed?

Child support calculations are not arbitrary. They are calculated based on several factors like each parent's income, the needs of the child and the standard of living that would have been available if the parents were married. Then, after also taking into consideration Illinois child support guidelines, a judge will set the amount of support to be paid.

One thing many parents will discover, however, is that the factors upon which support orders are initially based can and do change over time. In these situations, it may be wise and necessary to consider modifying child support orders.

Why you should think twice before hitting 'send'

If you feel like smartphones have changed the way we communicate, you’re probably right. In just a few taps, we can tell all of our friends where we are at by clicking “check in” on Facebook, share our latest culinary masterpiece on Instagram, and even show off our vacation photos while we are still on vacation.

Of course, with all the good that comes with our lives, we live to share the bad. That’s why relationship troubles tend to be broadcast through Facebook or Twitter. But when these posts are written, their long term implications may not be considered; especially when they are made during a divorce or custody dispute. 

Bill tabled doesn't mean child support landscape won't change

The law is not static. Changes don't always happen quickly or easily in Illinois's legislature, but they happen. And the volume of measures that can be introduced in any given session means that bill tracking can be a challenge. In the end, it can be hard to know whether a proposal has made it through or died on the vine.

That's one reason why anytime you are dealing with any sort of legal issue it's important to be consulting with an experienced attorney. This is especially true where matters that affect the family are in play. Uncertainty about rights and obligations around parenting rights, child support and visitation can directly affect the immediate well-being of children and their chances for a brighter tomorrow.

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