Even though divorced Illinois fathers can leave their children an inheritance, it is natural to be concerned that a former spouse might try to lay claim to a portion of the inheritance, perhaps when the estate of a father goes through probate following his death. However, there are other options available for divorced or single fathers to bypass probate and leave assets and property to sons and daughters. These methods can minimize the risk of your wishes being challenged.
Like most parents in Illinois, you want what is best for your children. With a joint custody arrangement, both you and your ex continue to parent your kids after a divorce. Even if you remain on good terms with your former spouse, though, co-parenting often presents some unique challenges.
If you are seeking spousal maintenance as part of divorce proceedings in Illinois this year, you should know that changes to laws governing spousal maintenance at both the state and federal level have recently gone into effect. The changes could have an impact on the amount that you either receive or pay, as well as how you pay taxes on it.
For many couples facing problems in their relationship, meeting with a counselor is a good way to resolve differences and find some common ground. Many marriages have been salvaged as a result of counseling, which can help people understand their spouse better and discuss some of the challenges within their relationship in a healthy manner. However, counseling certainly does not work for every couple, and in some cases, it may even make the marital problems a couple is dealing with even worse. If you are dealing with this, you may have no choice but to move forward with a divorce.