Living Together After Divorce

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Another celebrity divorce is making headlines as actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced that they are splitting up after 10 years of marriage. Further fanning the media flames was their declaration to People Magazine that they will continue to live together during and after the dissolution process. While it may sound like a fancy… Read more »

Shared Custody May Equal Less Stress

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Custody cases can prove challenging, especially when they involve two loving parents who both want physical custody of their child or children. The consequences are particularly obvious during this time of year. School is out and children everywhere are packing their belongings to spend the summer with one parent.   A recent report in the… Read more »

The Financial Challenges of Divorce

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  The negative reputation that surrounds divorce is often well deserved. The dissolution of marriage can be mentally, physically and financially challenging. This reality is especially true when spouses are uncooperative and at odds with one another. To be sure, many individuals are unprepared for the financial burdens that often accompany a divorce, but advanced… Read more »

Where Fathers Fit in the Best Interest Standard

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  There is an unwritten belief that mothers are automatically at an advantage when disputes arise over the custody of children. For years, this belief was not far from reality, as many courts seemingly held a presumption that a mother is always the best custodian for a child. But fathers’ rights advocates, along with numerous… Read more »

Determining Jurisdiction in Child Custody Cases

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  Child custody cases present many challenges for parents and the children at the center of these disputes. Emotions run high and some parents let their desperation for custody guide their actions, even if it is not in the best interest of the child. Abrupt and secretive relocation of the children is one example of… Read more »

Possible Changes Ahead for Illinois Divorce Laws

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  Illinois lawmakers are making an effort to overhaul several of the state’s divorce and custody laws. The Senate reportedly passed SB57 in April. Now, its sponsors are hoping to find the same success in the House. The proposed legislation stems from a research study by The Illinois Family Law Study Committee, an advisory board… Read more »

What Child Support Doesn’t Cover

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  In a divorce proceeding, spouses are often at odds over custody, visitation and child support for minor children. Once the court makes a decision, there is a widespread assumption that the needs of the child will be met with the ordered support, but this is often not the case. It’s virtually impossible to predict… Read more »

Protecting your Credit after Divorce

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Divorce is the ending of many things: a romantic relationship, a familial unit, a collaboration of finances and shared responsibility for debts. An article by the financial website Bankrate discusses divorce debt and the importance of protecting your credit score throughout the process. According to the article, credit scores often fall dramatically after divorce. This… Read more »

Challenging a Prenuptial Agreement

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  Prenuptial agreements are contracts between two people in contemplation of marriage. Their purpose is to settle monetary and nonmonetary details that arise if the parties later divorce. Most people are familiar with these agreements, as they are often at the scandalous center of celebrity divorce stories in the news. The terms of the agreement… Read more »

New Study Suggests that Illness May Lead to Desertion

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  “For better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health…” These words are spoken each and every day by couples who vow a lifelong commitment to their spouse. But a recent study examines the significant number of marriages that don’t survive these vows, especially when a serious illness strikes the wife…. Read more »