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What happens to pets in a divorce?

Couples getting divorced are often surprised to learn that their beloved pets will not be treated like family members in the split. In most states, pets involved in a divorce have the same status as a table or chair. They're assigned a monetary value that has nothing to do with the emotional bond between animal...

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What is a gray divorce?

The high-profile breakup of Bill and Melinda Gates is shining a spotlight on gray divorce. Any divorce is difficult, but separations among longtime couples have their differences. Here's what you need to know. It’s not you, it’s us It may surprise you that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the divorce rate in this country...

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More & more millennials embracing the idea of prenups

Traditionally, prenuptial agreements were most common among young adults from wealthy families and people getting married for the second or third time. In Illinois and across the United States, millennials (people born between 1981 and 1996) are finding their own reasons to enter into prenups. Until death — or divorce — do us part The...

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What to expect in a child custody case

Child custody is one of the most difficult aspects of the divorce process. Emotions often run high. The other parent might not share your view of what is best for your child. It’s not unusual for parents to have an incredibly difficult time coming to an agreement on any number of issues. Courts will cite...

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What you should know about military divorce

The term "military divorce" is simply a legal term used if at least one spouse is a military member. There are some unique issues you need to consider when getting a divorce while you or your spouse are serving in the military. Military divorces are handled as civil matters and in civilian courts. It's important...

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5 mistakes to avoid when dividing assets during a divorce

When you're married, you and your spouse share nearly all of your personal assets. When you separate, the assets have to be divided, and that's a complex process full of potential pitfalls. Here are the five biggest mistakes we see people make during the asset division portion of a divorce. Not accounting for your post-divorce liquidity...

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How spousal maintenance/alimony works in Illinois

One of the most contentious issues in many divorces is spousal maintenance, commonly also known as alimony or spousal support. Distinct from child support, spousal maintenance is intended to address differences in income between the spouses and maintain the standard of living. Illinois law lays out specific criteria for awarding and determining spousal maintenance. Here's...

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Developing a parenting agreement after divorce that meets the needs of your children

A parenting plan is a co-parenting legally binding arrangement after divorce that both parents must abide by. It outlines how you and your spouse will raise and care for your children on a day-to-day or long-term basis. The goal of establishing a solid parenting plan promptly during divorce is to promote the best interests of...

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What legal rights do couples in a civil union have?

A civil union is a legally recognized relationship that is similar to marriage and granted by the State of Illinois. Illinois residents who enter into civil unions are granted the same rights, legal obligations, responsibilities, and protections as married spouses. The same rights, obligations, responsibilities and protections granted in Illinois are not recognized by federal...

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