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Can bankruptcy end child support payments?

Most parents in Illinois know how expensive it can be to raise a child. From medical needs and food, to toys and school supplies, the costs can mount up quickly. Covering for their basic needs is a struggle. That's why when parents get a divorce, they have to come to an agreement that divides the financial responsibility equally between both former spouses. After all, it's not fair lo leave one parent with the lion's share of the child support, whether he or she is the custodial parent or not.

Stand up for your right to a fair custody agreement

Going through divorce can sometimes be an emotional and complex process, especially if you have children whose future you will need to decide. As many couples in Illinois experience every year, this is often a hard agreement for parents to reach. The chances are that you and your spouse both want to remain a significant part of your children's lives, but now their time must be split between you.

What you need to know about high asset divorce

Going through a divorce can be one of the most emotionally draining ordeals in life. Here is a person you shared a home and a life with who now sits opposite you, ready to haggle over the painful details of a split: who gets the children, who gets the house and even who gets the clock in the living room. Add millions of dollars in assets to that dispute and you've got a recipe for disaster.

How does a divorce affect inheritance?

It's incredible how many little details must be worked out in order for a divorce to be finalized. There are issues of child custody, alimony, child custody and, sometimes the most contentious issue of them all, who gets what. Property division is one of the most complex factors in a split. The divorcing couple has to decide how to divide all of their funds and possessions, which is not an easy task when both sides are typically hurt and angered.

Why collaborative law is a good idea

There's an old stereotype of divorce that's been perpetuated because of Hollywood movies and, well, real life. It's one of two spiteful former spouses who don't talk to one another and can barely deign to look upon their old partner. Their arms are crossed as they sit opposite one another at a big table, speaking only through their legal representatives as they hatefully hash out the details - how much they'll be required to pay, who gets custody and who gets the house.

Mother of twins from different dads sues for child support

It's no secret that child support cases can get complicated; both former spouses want what's in the best interest of the child, but they often don't see eye to eye on what that means. That can often mean protracted legal battles as child support guidelines are sketched out.

Pamela Anderson's divorce and tax issues

The recent divorce of Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon may have some people in Illinois thinking about the tax consequences of a marital dissolution. The former Baywatch star's divorce made headlines for many reasons, and one of them was that Anderson questioned whether her ex was guilty of tax evasion. In the end, the pair was able to settle the process with Anderson receiving $1 million from Salomon.

Rosie O'Donnell's former wife wants full custody of daughter

Whether known for her popular 1990's talk show or her dramatic television appearances and celebrity feuds more recently, many Illinois residents probably recognize the name Rosie O'Donnell. The on again and off again host of "The View" makes many headlines due to her public persona, but she is now being talked about because of troubles in her personal life after she split with wife Michelle Rounds. Rounds filed for sole custody of their two-year-old daughter on April 28 in New York after making allegations about O'Donnell's parenting skills.

Illinois divorcing couples may divide a 401(k)

Divorce can be complicated but may be especially difficult when a couple owns considerable property to be divided. Knowing what each spouse holds in assets and how to split them up can ease the process. Even a 401(k) can be divided if the proper steps are taken.

Joint custody appears to be better for the child's health

There is a established connection between emotional stress and physical complaints known as psychosomatic illnesses. These ailments, which may take forms including loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, feelings of dizziness, nausea and other complaints, are often experienced by New Jersey children whose parents have gone through a divorce. A recent study conducted in Sweden examined approximately 150,000 children in the 6th and 9th grades, seeking correlations between family status and psychosomatic illnesses.

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