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What could lead to contempt of court in a divorce case?

Most people in Illinois who are in the throes of ending a marriage will likely admit that it is an unpleasant situation in which to be. It is unlikely that anybody who is going through a divorce would intentionally do something to worsen the situation. However, without experienced legal guidance, inadvertent mistakes can lead to contempt of court charges.

Property division: Issues of concern when keeping the family home

There are many challenging decisions to make for anyone in Illinois who is in the throes of divorce. It is probably debatable whether child-related issues or property division matters are the hardest. The spouse who wants to keep the family home has additional things to consider, the first of which is getting a separation agreement that the mortgage provider would need along with an application for a new loan. Matters such as paying or receiving support will feature in the institution's decision to grant a new mortgage.

Are there time limits to create, modify or collect child support?

Anyone in Illinois who is going through a divorce will know that there is a host of matters to address and also many questions about what to do first and which issues can be left for later. Child support is one such matter. Although there is nothing that says it must be addressed first, it might be smart not to leave it for last. Dealing with it early in the process when the financial situations of both parties are considered for property division, alimony and more might be the appropriate time. Parents can negotiate child support and present their agreements to the court for approval, or they can leave it for the court to decide.

How does joint child custody work?

More and more divorcing parents in Illinois choose to avoid litigation and negotiate their own settlement agreements. This includes decisions about child custody, even if they need the services of a divorce mediator to provide a platform for negotiation. However, those who cannot reach acceptable agreements must leave the decision up to the court, based on the best interests of the child.

Is your spouse keeping joint assets from your divorce?

Throughout your marriage, you may have given little thought to where the money went. As long as your spouse paid the bills, you did not worry about how he or she managed the money. You lived a comfortable lifestyle with no cause for alarm, so you may not even know exactly how much your spouse earned. This may have seemed a normal way of life, and you are among many who surrender control of the finances to their spouses.

Child custody: Be prepared for the challenges of co-parenting

Most separated or divorced people in Illinois might agree that ending a marriage is never easy. Although ex-spouses might think they can finally live their lives on their own terms, if there are children, expectations and future plans will have to include them. The art of co-parenting and navigating child custody orders is complicated and requires a unified approach.

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