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October 2020 Archives

What happens when there's a failure to pay alimony?

When a couple's marriage comes to an end, the chances are high that one spouse will have to pay support to the other. In Illinois, the consequences for the failure to pay alimony can be severe if the payor is in default for several months or more. If payors know they're going to miss a payment, the best thing to do is to notify the payees as soon as possible to make alternate arrangements. Restitution should be made for any payments missed. 

Seeking a child custody modification after divorce

Children often feel the most overwhelmed when their parents marriages end. The law in Illinois says issues such as child custody and child support should always be considered in light of what is in the best interests of the children. Life changes and with those changes may come the need to modify child custody arrangements after a divorce. But a family court judge will want valid reasons before ordering to a custody modification.

Fathers can continue to be great parents after divorce

Most parents always want what's best for their children. That holds true even when parents' marriages don't work out. Divorced fathers in Illinois may find a new way of parenting challenging, but they can be successful in maintaining positive relationships with their kids when they keep a few key tips in mind. 

High-profile couple: Judge to stay in Jolie, Pitt divorce

Angelina Jolie's bid to remove the judge from her and Brad Pitt's divorce case was unsuccessful. Most Illinois residents are likely familiar with the details of the divorce of this once high-profile celebrity couple. Jolie claimed the judge had professional and business ties with her former husband's legal team. Ironically, it was this judge who officiated at the couple's wedding in 2014.

Child custody: What you wear to court matters

When you filed for divorce in an Illinois court, you may have simply wanted to sign whatever documents you needed to sign so that you could leave the past behind and move on in life. However, as a parent, you knew there would be child custody issues to resolve. If that situation has prompted a need for litigation, then there are a few other things you should know, such as how important what you wear to court might be toward the outcome of your case. 

Science says joint custody after divorce makes men better fathers

Often, some positives can come out of difficult situations. Illinois fathers who face divorce should know that recent scientific data shows men tend to become better caregivers to their children after the ends of their marriages if they share joint custody with their former spouses. With marital conflict out of the way, research shows most fathers step up to the plate and become stellar co-parents. In fact, studies show both parents tend to become more focused on their children after divorce.

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