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Parental alienation in Illinois family law cases

One of the unfortunate reactions children may have when their parents divorce or separate is called parental alienation syndrome. Children may experience this reaction on their own or due to the encouragement of a parent. Alienated children express hostile feelings towards the parent who is the target.

Divorce and back taxes in Illinois

Long after an Illinois couple's divorce is final, one of the parties may receive a bill for back taxes from the IRS for tax debt their former spouse incurred without their knowledge. If the person signed off on the joint tax returns for the tax year in question with their former spouse, they may be left on the hook for at least 50 percent of the tax debt or even all of it.

Changing beneficiary designations after divorce

It is fairly common for married people to designate their spouses as beneficiaries under different types of financial accounts. Bank accounts, life insurance policies and retirement plans are just a few sources of financial security that Illinois residents may possess. When the owner was still married, it likely made sense to make his or her spouse the beneficiary. Now that a divorce has been finalized, a divorced person may want to make a change.

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