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Kane County divorce attorneyFinancial issues are often some of the most complicated and contentious aspects of a divorce case. During an Illinois divorce, spouses must decide how to divide their assets and debts. If the couple cannot negotiate a property division settlement, the court will intervene and divide assets and debts for the couple based on equitable distribution laws. Child support and spousal support are also based on the spouses’ financial circumstances. But what happens if a spouse hides money or lies about assets and income during divorce?

Financial Fraud in a Barrington Divorce Case

Divorcing spouses must submit financial affidavits to the court. Lying on these documents is unlawful, but some spouses still choose to be deceitful.

Spouses may try to control the outcome of the divorce by:


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Kane County family law attorneyWhen a couple divorces, they must decide how to handle issues like the division of assets and debts, child support, child custody, and more. The spouses may be able to reach a settlement outside of court, or the court may determine these issues for the couple. The terms of the divorce are then officially recorded in the divorce decree. However, circumstances change and sometimes modifications must be made to the divorce decree. This blog discusses some of the most common reasons divorced spouses seek a divorce decree modification.

Unemployment or a Significant Decrease in Income

If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it is that our employment circumstances can change dramatically in an instant. Many people are facing employment and underemployment during these challenging times. If a spouse loses his or her job, he or she may be unable to meet child support or spousal support obligations. Spouses in this situation may be able to request a modification through the court.

Increase in Income

An increase in income may also necessitate a child support modification. Illinois child support orders are determined using a formula that factors in both parents’ net incomes. If a parent experiences a major increase in income, the child support order may no longer be appropriate.


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illinois divorce lawyerAs the major winter holidays come and go, many divorcing or recently divorced parents are bracing themselves for the challenges of reshaping their meaning and tradition. Spending time at home alone without children can feel lonely, especially when your extended family does not live nearby. 

People who have had many years after divorce to get used to the emotional and logistical challenges of dealing with the holidays have some advice for parents who are doing it for the first time. If you are getting a divorce this holiday season, read on. 

Consider the Holidays As You Create a Parenting Plan

Although many parents are tempted to use divorce as a cudgel to get revenge or rehash old complaints, the divorce will eventually end and life must go on. Divorcing couples who are unable to work with a long-term perspective will likely find it even more difficult to cooperate during the coming years as they continue to manage child-related issues together. During the divorce, consider what you want your relationship with your ex and your children to be like, and prioritize the fact that your children will be much better off with a parenting plan that allows for the maximum time spent with both parents - especially during the holidays. 


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st. charles divorce lawyerDivorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult for young children. However, difficult does not necessarily mean catastrophic - especially when parents are committed to protecting their children from the harmful fallout of divorce. If you are a parent considering divorce, know that children are more resilient than we give them credit for. With the appropriate precautions, children can bounce back from the challenges of divorce and go on to be happy, healthy, and successful. 

Five Tips for Protecting Children During an Illinois Divorce

Divorce is one of the most studied, talked about, and written about topics in human psychology. Its effects on children are well-documented, and everybody knows a horror story or two about a family who never recovered after divorce. However, child psychological experts believe that committed parents can protect their kids. Here’s how: 

  1. Pay attention to the details - Children often show subtle signs of distress after learning about their parents’ divorce. Parents can expect children to behave in unpredictable ways during the divorce and for a long time after hearing the news of the split. But by spending quality time with children and staying attuned to their emotional needs, parents can mitigate problems before they worsen. 


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Same-Sex Divorce in IllinoisAlthough gay and lesbian couples in Illinois may face discrimination elsewhere in their lives, as far as Illinois divorce law is concerned, they are treated the same as heterosexual couples. This does not mean, however, that there are not any special considerations that gay couples may need to address. If you are in a same-sex marriage in Illinois and are considering divorce, it is important to know what to expect from the overall divorce process. 

Filing For Divorce

A same-sex couple files for divorce just like everyone else. One partner chooses a county - generally the county where the couple lives - and files for divorce with the circuit court, citing the only legally acceptable grounds for divorce in Illinois: irreconcilable differences. Divorce papers are then “served,” or delivered, to the other partner, and that partner must respond. Note that the spouse filing for divorce must have lived in Illinois for at least 90 days. 

Property Division

Dividing marital assets and debt is an important part of getting divorced for all couples in Illinois. Because marriage was not available to same-sex couples before 2014, many couples lived together before that time, acquiring assets and savings. Unfortunately, until a couple is officially married, assets owned before the marriage are generally not considered marital and may not be subject to division. This can become quite contentious if a home or vehicle is only in one spouse’s name. 


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