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Kevin Federline wants more child support from Britney Spears

Illinois residents may have read reports that indicate Britney Spears has come a long way since the days when she shaved her head and attacked someone with an umbrella. Even so, her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, retains custody of their children. Up until now, Spears has paid Federline approximately $20,000 a month in child support, but now, her ex wants more.

It may be possible to avoid a contentious child custody battle

In many cases, both parents want what it best for their children, but that may be the only point on which they readily agree. When a couple in this position decides to divorce, they may believe they are relegated to allowing an Illinois court to make their child custody decisions for them. That does not necessarily have to be the case.

Hollywood takes on an unusual type of child custody arrangement

Unless an Illinois couple going through a divorce has researched possible parenting arrangements on the internet, it is possible that "bird nesting" is not something about which they have heard. This unusual type of child custody arrangement has gained notoriety in recent years as a viable way to divide parenting time. Now, Hollywood is taking on bird nesting in a new comedy series, "Splitting Up Together." However, divorcing parents considering this co-parenting option will want to get more information about it from a family law attorney.

Keeping premarital property in a divorce requires some work

Whether you are marrying for the first time or remarrying, you may have assets that you want to remain separate property should something go wrong. This can be done through a prenuptial agreement, but those assets may still need additional protection throughout the marriage in order to safeguard them in the event of a divorce. One of the first things to do in a Illinois divorce is identifying what property makes up the marital estate.

A retirement account needs special treatment in divorce

Many Illinois couples have two major assets: a home and a retirement account. After spending years carefully tending to each of them, some of those couples may face dividing them in a divorce. Just as the family home may require special treatment, so does a work-related retirement account.

Divorce in the social media age

Most Illinois residents have at least one social media account such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Keeping in touch with friends and family no matter where they may be on the planet has never been easier. While there are many good things about social media, during a divorce, it could turn out to be more of a hindrance than a help.

Child support nonpayment is a serious family law issue

Raising children can be a struggle. Not only do they need constant care and attention, but they also require the financial support to raise them and meet their needs. After parents divorce, it can be difficult to provide that support on their own, but unfortunately, numerous parents in Illinois may face family law issues due to a parent not providing child support.

Can you save your credit in a divorce?

To some extent, finances and credit ratings sustain some sort of damage when an Illinois marriage ends. It is nearly impossible for either party to come out of the divorce process unscathed. However, it may be possible to reduce the potential damage as much as possible in order to allow for a more secure financial future.

It's a new year with new divorce laws regarding pets

Many Illinois couples believe that their pets are part of the family. However, up until recently, the courts considered them property during a divorce. That changed on Jan. 1 when a law went into effect that treats pets more like children during the divorce.

What to do about the family home in a divorce

The largest asset -- and debt -- most Illinois residents own is their house and the mortgage loan that often goes with it. During the marriage, both spouses may work to pay that mortgage and make the house a home. If the marriage ends, dealing with the house could be one of the primary concerns during the divorce process.