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March 2019 Archives

Child abduction and custody disputes

Often, when people think about child abduction, they may envision a stranger driving by and grabbing a child. However, children may also be abducted by their parents, and this is especially likely during a custody dispute (or after custody has been awarded). For example, a parent may take the child without the permission of the other parent, or they may violate their custody agreement. Child abduction is a very serious matter and it can have a significant impact on how custody is awarded.

Can you keep all of your 401k?

When you choose to get a divorce in Peoria, you may be prepared to have to split the value of a number of your assets with your spouse. One of the assets you may not be prepared to share, however, is your 401k. The funds in your 401k are the result of your employment; why, then, would they be considered a marital asset? First off, you should understand that the entire amount of your 401k may not be subject to property division; only the amount contributed to it during your marriage is. Since these contributions are made from your income, they are considered marital property. 

The impact of domestic violence allegations

We have written about some of the reasons why some fathers are falsely accused of domestic violence. In this post, we will take a closer look at the consequences of these allegations, regardless of whether or not they are true. Those who have been accused of domestic violence may face all sorts of hurdles in their personal and professional lives, and the impact of these allegations can be very damaging from a family law standpoint as well.

How to be an involved father after divorce

If you are a divorced dad in Illinois, and your ex got primary custody, you may be struggling with how to stay involved and relevant in your child's life. Even though things are different, there are things you can do to make a better connection with your child, even when you are apart. There are also things you can do if you want to have more of a custodial role as a father.

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