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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.