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Your fathers' rights do not disappear during divorce

As a dad, you have a meaningful and irreplaceable relationship with your child. Divorce should not sever any aspect of that relationship. If you feel like losing your connection to your child is the inevitable result of ending your marriage, you might still be under the impression that Illinois family law treats dads more like occasional helpers than active parents. This is simply not reality for most families. If you want to be certain that your child's best interests are being met, then you should be ready to assert your fathers' rights.

Behaviors that signal divorce and can influence spousal support

Divorce rarely comes as a total surprise. Both partners are likely fully aware of marital conflict by the time they reach the point of divorce. However, even if a person believes that divorce is in his or her future, the exact timing of it might be a mystery. There are several behaviors that might indicate divorce is drawing nearer, including one that could affect spousal support.

How your spouse could influence the outcome of spousal support

It often feels as if there is a never-ending number of details that one must attend to both prior to and during a divorce. Issues such as child custody, property division and child support are often at the top of the list, but solely thinking about these matters may cause someone to overlook other concerning issues. Consider the following issues that could indicate an upcoming divorce and even an attempt to manipulate the outcome of spousal support.

Will I lose my pet during divorce?

Although there is an undeniable emotional bond that comes with pet ownership, the law generally does not acknowledge anything of the sort. In Illinois, pets are property and little more. Just as with the marital home, investments and even the furniture, couples must decide what will happen to the family pet during divorce.

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