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A change in circumstances may spark a need for modifications

Making the decision to divorce can be a harrowing process, especially if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have children together. Even if you feel that dissolving your marriage is the best path for everyone involved, you may still have concerns over how the situation might affect the kids.

Consider other payment options to replace alimony in divorce

Very soon, the strike of the clock at midnight will be the start of 2019. At that time, the familiar alimony tax rules will be replaced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will make received alimony payments taxable income and alimony payments non-tax deductible. Anyone in Illinois whose divorce could not be finalized before New Year's Eve may want to look at other options to consider instead of alimony. It is essential to take into account that the new law will also affect other aspects of a divorce such as home ownership.

The new face of divorce and alimony after New Year's Eve

It is now a year after the U.S. Congress passed the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Many couples in Illinois and elsewhere who are in the throes of divorce have pushed to get their cases finalized before Dec. 31. That would ensure that the Internal Revenue Service would continue to allow alimony payments to be deductible for the paying spouse, and taxable for the receiving spouse, none of which will apply after New Year's Eve.

Divorce: Untying financial knots can be complicated

Before tying the knot in Illinois, it is likely with great anticipation that otherwise dreaded tasks are completed. These might include getting a marriage certificate copy and arranging the name change with the Social Security Office and the DMV, opening joint bank and credit card accounts, and ensuring that the names of both spouses are on the residential property deed. The same excitement might not be present when all those changes must be undone in the event of a divorce.

Under which circumstances can child custody be taken away?

Family courts in Illinois base any child-related decisions on the best interests of the child. Times have changed, and child custody is no longer a mother's right. Fathers have equal rights to care for their children, and although it is mostly agreed that children fare better when both parents share custody, it is no longer unusual for a father to get primary custody. However, the parent who is awarded physical custody can just as quickly have the children removed from his or her care under particular circumstances.

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