Divorce is an emotionally draining process, especially when it comes to the serious matter of splitting up marital property. You just want to put the whole thing behind you, but you must proceed carefully.
Prior to the decision to file for divorce, many couples see an uptick in the number, duration and intensity of their arguments. Their emotions can lead to more frequent and more heated fights, that involve everything from bad language to physical violence. Studies have shown for years that domestic abuse in a home has an obviously detrimental impact on children, even if they themselves aren't necessarily the target of the abuse. Recent research indicates that the act of yelling at or around children could, in some ways, be just as detrimental.
Living between homes requires considerable adjustment for children whose parents have divorced. They will react to the situation differently according to their age, and parents must be prepared to deal with everything from tears and whining in younger children to sulking and outright defiance in adolescents. There are many ways you can make this new chapter in young lives easier, and one is to help smooth the transition between two homes. No matter where and with whom they are living, children need a daily routine, one to which they are accustomed, and this is something parents can provide as a team.
Divorce is a process that can be confusing for many separating couples. If you are getting divorced in Illinois and have questions about certain topics such as spousal support, it is important to get a basic understanding of the principles and guidelines. Here are some frequently asked questions about spousal maintenance.
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.
Assigning parenting time through a parenting plan is standard procedure for most divorce cases. It is a legal document that establishes obligations and rights for both parents regarding their children. An attorney can draft a parenting plan when both parents agree on parental res ponsibilities. Once a judge submits the plan, it becomes a court order that both parents must adhere to.
Spousal maintenance, often called alimony, may be far less common than it once was, but it's still a consideration in many divorces, and states vary widely in how they address it. Recent updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act include a new formula used for calculating maintenance that went into effect January 1, 2015.