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November 2013 Archives

Managing child support issues during the holidays

The holiday season is when parents’ budgets don’t seem to ever stretch far enough to make the experience memorable for children. This can be especially problematic for parents going through a divorce in Illinois, as well as for custodial parents who do not receive consistent child support payments from the other parent. For those who receive support, seeking additional money for gifts can be like pulling teeth. For those who receive inconsistent payments, there is no guarantee that any money will come in for the holidays.

Can separate property be converted?

A question we sometimes receive regarding the difference between marital property and separate property is whether separate property (such as an inheritance) can actually be considered marital property, which would be subject to division in a divorce.

How divorcing parents can plan for the holidays

If you see difficulty on the horizon regarding parenting time during the holidays, you are certainly not alone. The holiday season is notoriously the most difficult time of the year for divorcing parents (as well as parents who are newly separated). Because of this, old traditions are apt to be broken because families will be different. When this happens, time with children appears to be precious, and parents are sometimes not willing to compromise on where the kids will be.

Handling parenting issues after the decree is issued

Parenting is just as important when couples are married as they are when they are divorced. In some situations, parenting the children of divorce takes on an added significance, since these kids need additional guidance to deal with the emotional aspects of a split. For instance, kids of parents who are divorcing may feel depressed, and believe that they have no one to speak to about how they are feeling. This can lead to destructive behavior and further distance from loved ones.

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