When you bought furniture for your home with your spouse, you were probably not thinking about who would get it if you got divorced. Illinois does not have laws to require an equal split of marital property, meaning you could be arguing over furniture and other assets in the presence of a judge. Instead, marital property in Illinois is distributed under the system of equitable distribution laws. This means your marital property is divided in a manner that is considered fair rather than a literal equal split down the middle.
A divorcing couple must prioritize financial responsibility, particularly when child support is required. In Illinois, the court determines the amount of child support needed based on the number of dependents and the parent's income. While child support covers several expenses, there are certain things that are not covered. If you are currently negotiating child support, you may want to know what your payments do not cover so that you can plan accordingly.