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Ending your marriage during the summer

There are many different fathers' rights issues that people struggle with during their divorce and after they have split up with their spouse, from a custody dispute to problems involving child support payments. Divorce can be challenging for many different reasons and for some people, there are unique considerations related to the time of year they decide to bring their marriage to an end. For example, the summer months can affect a divorce in different ways and it is crucial to be aware of these matters if you are approaching the divorce process.

Domestic violence accusations and your divorce

In recent years, many people have focused on domestic violence, an issue that creates challenges for families in Illinois and across the U.S. In some instances, abusive people are held accountable for their actions, while other cases may involve someone being falsely accused of family violence. Moreover, certain details may be taken out of context or exaggerated and the harsh stigma surrounding domestic violence cases can spell disaster for someone who is dealing with divorce or other family law issues, such as a custody dispute. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it is important to understand how this could affect your divorce as well as your future.

Job loss and your child support order

Paying child support can be difficult at times and our law office is well aware of the challenges many non-custodial parents face. From managing payments to a health crisis that was unexpected, making these payments on time can be hard. However, there are times when parents face unexpected challenges and become unable to pay child support altogether. For example, someone may not be able to stay current on their child support after being laid off, fired or having their hours cut at work. If you are struggling with child support payments because of a job-related problem, you may be able to modify your child support order.

Child support and your job

There are many legal issues that people deal with following a divorce, but child support can be especially challenging. Not only can child support impact a parent required to make payments, but it can also pose challenges for someone who is supposed to receive payments as well. Moreover, there are a number of issues related to a person's job with respect to child support and we will look at a few in this blog post.

Destructive behaviors during the divorce process

Ending one's marriage can be incredibly overwhelming from an emotional standpoint and financially as well. People may become very stressed out due to concerns about how child custody will be awarded, marital property will be divided or how much alimony will need to be paid. Sometimes, people carry out certain destructive behaviors during this time, which can have a negative impact on their divorce case. If you are working through a divorce, it is important to try to prevent these problems from arising.

Various issues that can impact a custody decision

As a father, you may be worried about losing a custody battle or even being unable to spend time with your child altogether. Each person's situation has a number of unique details, but it is important to keep in mind that there are many different factors which influence custody decisions. During a custody battle, the court will aim to secure an end result that serves a child's best interests. A number of factors will be assessed with respect to the best interests of a child, but there are additional issues that could impact the decision, from allegations of domestic violence to drunk driving charges.

Emotional issues related to child support payments

For a non-custodial parent, there may be many challenges to face, such as emotional pain over the outcome of a custody dispute or difficulty communicating with a child's other parent. However, child support payments can be especially challenging for some non-custodial parents, particularly from an emotional standpoint. For example, stress and even depression or anger are not uncommon. Moreover, there are many reasons why parents who are required to pay child support may be upset or experience negative emotions, such as an inability to stay current on their child support obligations or frustration with the amount of money they need to pay.

Child support payments and long-term travel

Non-custodial parents may struggle with paying their child support due to any number of reasons, whether they are suffering due to a medical condition or are out of work. However, there are unique situations which can make it especially difficult to pay child support, such as long-term travel. If you are thinking about heading abroad for a lengthy period of time and worry about how you will pay support, it is essential to carefully look over your options and handle your situation appropriately.

Domestic disputes and child custody

When it comes to child custody cases, parents may face a variety of challenges. Some people who are approaching a custody dispute may be unsure of the relevant laws or their rights, while others may have difficulty understanding their options. This can be an incredibly difficult time and, unfortunately, some people experience domestic disputes that are particularly challenging. For example, domestic disputes may arise between two parents who are discussing the idea of filing for a divorce or after custody has been awarded.

Divorce and your reputation

Moving through the process of divorce can be incredibly tough and all sorts of problems may arise, from concerns about your financial future to stress over the way in which custody will be awarded. However, there are additional stressors that some people encounter when they bring their marriage to an end, such as suffering damage to their good reputation. There are a number of reasons why the reputation of those who file for divorce can be damaged, but it is essential for you to stay focused and committed to pursuing a favorable outcome.

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