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January 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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