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Criteria for awarding alimony in Illinois

The days of the husband paying for an ex-wife's upkeep are long gone. These days, alimony can be awarded to either of the spouses. Courts in Illinois don't ask for proof of fault or marital misconduct when deciding how much alimony is to be paid. There are other factors that are taken into account when deciding the specifics of the amount of alimony to be awarded.

How Courts Enforce Alimony Payment

Often times after a divorce, one of the former spouses will try to get out of paying alimony to their ex-partner. If the courts discover this violation of the divorce orders they pronounced, they have recourse to a number of methods to make the person pay alimony. A judge has the option to order the confiscation of all of the person's personal property, including all the rents and profit from real estate. The proceeds from the seized property will be used to provide alimony on the direction of the court.

Important things to know about alimony

Spousal support or alimony is the amount of money awarded to one of the former spouses after a couple gets divorced. Spousal support may be agreed upon by the couple prior to the divorce, or a court may take this decision. The primary goal of spousal support is to mitigate the possible unfair financial effects a divorce may have on the low or non-wage earning spouse.

Rights of Unmarried Fathers

For a father, maintaining a relationship with his child after the divorce can be difficult. The younger the child, the more weight is given to the mother's role in the child's development. Things are even more difficult for unmarried fathers, who have few parental rights. In the past, it used to be quite easy for the birthmother to prevent the biological father from establishing a legal relationship with his child. Today, however, even unmarried fathers have several means of establishing their rights to the child in front of the law. Declaring paternity refers to legal establishment of the male parentage of a child. Paternity can be established by filing an acknowledgment with the state vital records department.

Factors Deciding Property Division in Illinois

Due to the fact that Illinois is an 'equitable division' state, it is not necessary that marital property is divided equally between spouses during a divorce. Let's look at the main factors which decide how much of the marital property will be awarded to each spouse:

Utilizing Offshore Accounts for a Divorce

It is often quite difficult to ensure during a divorce that all the property each spouse possesses is presented before the court for a fair division. Particularly during divorces between High Net worth individuals, it is often possible that one or both spouses are using offshore accounts to store their wealth.

Maintaining a positive father-child bond through divorce

It is never a pleasant experience for a child to have to witness his or her parents getting divorced. As the father, handling your child's questions and emotions poorly at such a time can result in long-lasting damage to their psyche, while also causing great harm to your relationship. Here are some steps you can use to help save your relationship with your child throughout the divorce:  

Protecting your finances during divorce

Divorces are tricky, and there's no telling how much of your money and assets you could end up losing to your spouse in the end. That is why it's a good idea to take steps right from the start to protect your finances in preparation for the divorce. One of the first steps to take is to make a careful evaluation of your marital assets, account balances and how much of your money is invested in joint assets.

Important changes to Illinois divorce laws

A significant shift has been witnessed in the divorce laws of Illinois. These changes are of prime importance for men going through a divorce. While in the past the father had to pay more and lose custody of the child as well, the law has now been amended to allow for a more collaborative parenting approach. The changes made to the law will help reduce conflict and establish better equity for former spouses. 

4 ways to deal with a difficult ex-spouse

Marriage can be all sorts of rewarding, but divorce is often the exact opposite. While marriage comes with its own set of frustrations, divorce is a whole new ball game. This is particularly true when your ex chooses to be difficult rather than working with you on important issues like child custody, child support or alimony. Financial issues are typically touchy after a divorce, and there is little you can do if your ex decides they want to punish you. You can only control the way you act, so the following tips can help you deal with a difficult ex.

Understanding the new child support law in Illinois

Divorces and determining child support can be confusing for many parents. A new child support law is on the horizon in Illinois and will certainly lead to more questions about calculations and obligations. While the law does not go into effect until July 2017, it is important for divorced parents to understand how the law will affect them. 

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