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How can you see if your spouse is hiding money?

Couples in Illinois who are going through a high-asset divorce have a lot to consider. Each side needs to dig a little deeper sometimes to uncover assets the other one may be hiding. One way some wealthy individuals attempt to keep money from their spouses is through an offshore account. While keeping money in a different country is not illegal, keeping it secret and not paying taxes on the income earned definitely is illegal. Knowing how to find out if your partner has an offshore account has become easier thanks to new tax laws.

According to the American Bar Association, the U.S. government has been working harder to combat tax fraud and evasion by taking a close look at offshore accounts. In one example, a banker in Panama worked with the government to convict a wealthy plastic surgeon of hiding millions of dollars from the wife he was divorcing. Thanks to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act in 2013, there is an increase in transparency which makes it easier to find out if a spouse has assets elsewhere.

When are child support orders eligible for review?

As a non-custodial parent, all sorts of challenges may be on your plate. Family law issues of all kinds can be difficult to work through, but those involving a child are often especially tough. In addition to the emotional aspects of family law matters involving children, financial matters may arise as well. For example, you might be having a hard time paying child support each month and are wondering whether or not your child support order is eligible for review. It is essential to find answers to any of your family law questions and avoid falling behind on your child support, which can bring all sorts of serious consequences.

According to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, child support orders are eligible for modification reviews after three years. However, a child support order may also be eligible for review in the event that significant changes have taken place, such as a major change in the payer's income or the child's needs. Prior to the submission of a child support modification case, another review is necessary, during which the employment status of the non-custodial parent and other relevant information will be assessed.

When an auto accident leads to divorce

Auto accidents sometimes result in debilitating injuries and even the loss of life. However, some of the other consequences of a crash should not be overlooked, such as the potential strain that these accidents can bring to a relationship. After a wreck, a person's life may change in all sorts of ways, whether they become immobilized, experience financial issues due to being unable to work, or suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or emotional challenges such as depression. Sadly, these can all create problems within a relationship as well.

Sometimes, a couple is simply unable to work through these difficulties together. With emotional hurdles, financial distress, and other hardships brought on by car accident injuries, such as not being able to carry out day-to-day responsibilities, these difficulties can directly or indirectly lead to a couple deciding to file for a divorce. If you are facing these matters, it is crucial to do everything possible to prevent the divorce from placing additional strain on your life, whether you were hurt in a car crash or your former spouse was injured in a motor vehicle collision.

Family law and bullying from an ex-spouse

Family law disputes may involve a wide variety of legal issues, such as those brought on by disagreements over a child custody arrangement, discontent regarding the division of marital property, or even bitterness about one's decision to end the marriage. Unfortunately, these disputes can be quite tough for some couples to work through and there are times when behavior might get out of line. For example, someone might bully their former spouse.

There are all sorts of ways that someone might experience bullying at the hands of their ex-spouse or someone who they will soon be splitting up with. For example, a victim may be subjected to threats and damaging lies that harm their reputation over the internet. With social media and other digital platforms, bullying has become especially problematic. Or, a former spouse might make threats over the phone or, in some instances, physically assault another person.

How fathers can get more custody time

There are many decisions that need to be made by divorcing parents in Illinois. One of the biggest ones is how custody is determined and if one parent gets primary custody or if it is shared equally. In many of the cases, the mom is considered the primary caregiver and, as a result, is granted more custody time than the dad. There are a number of tactics that can be used by fathers who want to be more involved with the child-rearing process.

The Huffington Post says since women typically have an advantage in many custody battles, men need to be very clear from the start what their wants and intentions are. Part of demonstrating they deserve equal or primary custody is proving to the court they understand the needs and routines of the child, and they are committed to keeping things normal in the child's best interest. It is highly recommended that conversations around custody and support are kept completely separate, as some courts assume the father is trying to get out of paying a higher support amount. 

Do not overlook health insurance coverage during divorce

When it comes to divorce in Morton, you may focus so much on preserving your finances that you overlook one of the most important assets you have: your health.

Your health insurance benefits might not seem like a big deal now. If you ignore them until after your divorce is final, you could end up paying dearly. Here are some things for you to consider about divorce and health insurance

Divorce and tax season

Even though bringing your marriage to an end can be tough at any point during the year, certain times may be even more challenging. Heading into the tax season can be especially difficult for some people for an array of reasons. Not only can this time of year bring additional anxiety, but some people may also face financial problems when it comes to paying their taxes. Regardless of the difficulties you are facing, it is essential to look over the unique facets of your life and figure out how you can address divorce-related problems or at least try to reduce the impact of these difficulties.

First of all, it is important to know how divorce can affect your tax return, from changes to your filing status or your last name and many other issues. You should also be prepared for the financial impact of ending marriage, whether you currently depend on your spouse's income, expect to receive alimony or child support, or will be ordered to pay spousal/child support. Moreover, other financial issues associated with divorce, such as property division and moving to a new home, can also affect you with regard to taxes.

Does being depressed make divorce more likely?

There are many different topics to consider with regard to ending a marriage, from the impact that this decision could have on kids to the division of marital assets. However, it may be helpful to review some of the reasons why divorce arises or becomes necessary and different issues that can affect a person’s experience as they work through a divorce, such as depression. During the winter, many people feel depressed or less energetic and this can influence divorce-related issues.

Information that was presented by the U.S. Geological Survey covers divorce and how depression can play a role in a couple’s termination of their marriage. According to the material, depression can affect a couple’s quality of marriage and may even lead to filing for divorce, in some instances. Those who are struggling with depression may decide that they do not want to be married any longer. On the other hand, when someone’s spouse is depressed, they may not want to continue in the marriage either. Depression can create challenges for couples in various ways, whether couples are not able to connect on an emotional level or enjoy activities and experiences as they used to.

Going through divorce as a workaholic

Many people struggle with divorce, regardless of their personal circumstances or habits. For some, however, divorce can be even more challenging. For example, if you consider yourself a workaholic and feel as if you are always at work, the divorce process may seem more daunting to you, especially if you are always short on time. Our law office knows that it can be very helpful for people who are in this position to carefully approach their divorce and take all possible steps to minimize potential problems, especially if you do not have much free time.

Sometimes, people are accused of being workaholics, even though they simply need to work for financial reasons. In a divorce, some spouses accuse the other party of being responsible for the divorce, for an array of reasons. Sometimes, these accusations are true, while others are completely exaggerated, and one person wants to place all of the blame on another.

Back spousal support and social security

This blog has covered some of the different consequences that come with falling behind on spousal support, such as the amount of stress that people may experience when they are unable to stay current. Moreover, the IRS states that back spousal support can lead to the interception of tax refunds. However, people should recognize that many other potential consequences could lie ahead if spousal support is not paid. For example, unpaid spousal support can affect social security benefits.

According to the Social Security Administration, social security is withheld under certain circumstances, such as one's failure to pay spousal support. When social security is withheld, a person may have a wide range of negative consequences to deal with. Aside from the obvious financial implications, such as an inability to enjoy the quality of life one had prior to having benefits withheld, other consequences may arise. The withholding of social security benefits can lead to an incredible amount of stress and some people who go through this may not have any idea of how to address the situation.

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