McCarthy & Allen Madison County Attorneys
We offer flexible appointment hours.

Local: 618-307-4099

Toll Free: 888-847-9322

family law & divorce Archives

What drives up divorce filings at the beginning of the year?

It seems as though the beginning of a new year is a time for people to start over and make changes in their lives. How many Illinois residents make resolutions at this time of year to better themselves in some way? They take stock in their lives and look to weed out anything that did not serve them in the previous year. For some people, including many here in Illinois, this includes filing for divorce.

Dividing debts in an Illinois divorce

Many people here in Illinois can attest to the fact that ending a marriage affects the financial stability of both parties. While some of this is attributed to the division of assets and the increase in bills that come from supporting two households instead of one with the same monetary resources, that is not the only source of an economic downturn. The division of debts is another consideration in a divorce that many people tend not to want to think about, or forget about in the beginning.

Now may be the time to enter that divorce settlement

It is December, and the year is rapidly drawing to a close. Even though the holidays tend to take up a significant amount of time, couples still attempting to resolve their divorce issues may want to speed up the process. If Illinois residents started out battling over their settlements, they may want to take a second look and perhaps make a more concerted effort to get that settlement completed before the end of the year.

More celebrities opt for the friendlier version of divorce

Illinois movie buffs may know that Chris Pratt and his TV star wife, Anna Faris, ended their marriage. Recently, they finalized their divorce and opted to do so through the "conscious uncoupling" coined by Gwyneth Paltrow when she and ex-husband Chris Martin divorced. In fact, they made certain agreements that will keep them together as a family for a few more years despite the divorce.

More money equals a greater chance of divorce

As the economy improves and people begin earning and increasing their wealth again, some Illinois couples could find themselves arguing about money more often. Money has always been a source of tension for married couples, but the more money there is, the more arguments there could be. The research tends to back up the assertion that being rich makes your marriage more vulnerable to divorce.

Are video games leading to divorce?

Video game platforms can now bring people here in Illinois and across the world more realistic and immersive gaming experiences than at any other time in their history. This means that many people spend hours of their days playing video games. In fact, data from one source shows that as much as 5 percent of the divorce filings are blamed on one particular video game.

Gwyneth Paltrow kept her husband's name in the divorce

When ending a marriage, an Illinois woman may want to decide whether to keep her husband's last name. Being a superstar does not preclude an actor from taking her husband's name when getting married. A star may still be known by her Hollywood name, but on paper and to the neighborhood kids, a woman may be known by her husband's last name. For instance, she may be Gwyneth Paltrow to the rest of the world, but in her circle and to the kids at her children's schools, she's Mrs. Martin.

Making the best decisions for the family pet in a divorce

Many Illinois families have pets. In some of those families, the pets are more like children since many couples are either waiting to have children or have elected not to have them. When the marriage ends in divorce, the fate of the family pet often hangs in the balance.

Choosing among 3 different ways to divorce

When it comes time to end a marriage, Illinois couples have choices. They can choose among three primary ways to handle their divorces, and the way they choose could affect their individual futures, especially if they have children. Traditional litigation, collaborative divorce and mediation all provide couples the tools they need to get through the divorce process. The question is, which one will best serve a particular couple.

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.