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Can I use child support to pay my utility bill?

The cost of raising a child in Illinois can be fairly high. Managing those costs after divorce can be particularly difficult, which is why child support is so important. However, what child support covers is not always clear, and confusion over how it is supposed to be used can lead to unnecessary conflict.

Looking at your child's best interests for child custody

As a dad, you just want what is best for your child -- especially now that you are going through a divorce. Your child custody agreement is the most important place to make sure that the best interests of your child are respected and upheld. But while you might feel certain that you know what those best interests are, you should still be sure to consider several key factors. Here is a brief overview of what Illinois courts look at when determining the best interest of the child.

Divorce can be complex when high assets are at stake

Like all high-net worth spouses in Illinois and beyond, you worked hard to get where you're at today. Whether you're a business owner or climbed your way to the top of the ladder in a particular industry as an employee, you want to make sure your financial interests are protected in divorce. Especially if you're filing for divorce later in life, the unique nature of high-asset property division means you might encounter challenges when trying to ensure that your property is properly valued and fairly divided.

Knowing your property interests can secure your future finances

Successfully navigating a divorce is about much more than signing the final papers. A more appropriate goal than simply getting through the process is to come out the other side of divorce with a strong sense of financial wellness. But since divorce can be an emotionally significant experience for people in Illinois, focusing on one's financial security and personal property interests can feel difficult. Here is how one can easily make finances a priority during divorce.

My spouse asked for a postnup -- are we headed for divorce?

Some Illinois couples who start out marriage with very little to their names often end up accumulating significant assets over time. However, someone in this situation might not have thought about whether a prenuptial agreement could be beneficial. So is it too late to protect one's self in the event of divorce? Not at all, and this is where a postnuptial agreement can help.

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