Chicago Illinois Family Law Blog
Divorce is difficult under any circumstances. When the person you are divorcing is violent or dangerous, it can be even more traumatic, particularly when children are involved. If your spouse has threatened to retaliate, you may be afraid to leave or file for divorce. Special preparations may be needed to exit the relationship safely.
Most divorced or separated couples that share children with someone else would like to spend the holidays with their offspring but not with one another. This can be difficult for many divorcing families as they try to navigate the new landscape of their lives. For some kids, it may mean spending Christmas with one parent and New Year’s with the other. Others may alternate every year. No matter the situation, trying to make the holidays special for your children is essential, even if it means spending time with your children during the holidays at times other than on the actual holiday. Whatever you do, try to put your children’s needs first during this time.
Narcissism is generally defined as a personality trait where a person has an inflated sense of their own importance, an intense desire for admiration, and a lack of empathy for others. People who have narcissistic personality disorder tend to be very arrogant, haughty, and conceited with an over-inflated view of their own intelligence, attractiveness, or skills.
A divorce is complicated enough on its own, but even more is at stake when children are involved, especially if they are young schoolchildren. How the parents proceed can severely impact the child’s development and define the relationship the child has with their parents.
Experiencing a divorce can be a stressful, time-consuming affair and can cause much uncertainty as to which assets each party will keep. When going through divorce proceedings, Illinois courts will determine which assets are “marital assets” and divide them between the two parties as they see fit.
Illinois is not a community property state. When a couple divorces, marital assets are divided equitably – not necessarily equally. Determining what qualifies as marital assets and how it should be divided can be a complicated process. Divorce can be even more complex when both spouses are co-owners of a business.
For many people today, social media plays an important role in their lives. People of all ages stay in touch with family, friends, and networking connections through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn. In a divorce, however, it is important to know that social media is not your friend. If you use it at all, be very careful of what you post.
State lawmakers in Illinois are committed to ensuring child support is paid as ordered. If a parent fails to provide the child support ordered by the court, the consequences can be very serious, including the loss of your professional license, which can be suspended after 30 days of delinquency. Once the parent receives a notice regarding overdue child support, 60 days are allowed to bring the account current. The delinquent parent also has rights and can request a hearing to contest the notice within 45 days of the notice of delinquency.
A divorce can be one of life’s most stressful events. The former partners may be ready to move on with their lives, but the division of marital property must be resolved – including any funds in a Health Savings Account (HSA).
With the approval of the Pfizer vaccine, COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children ages five and older, in addition to 12 to 17-year-olds. Disputes among divorced parents and co-parents are on the rise as to whether to have children vaccinated. Some parents are strongly opposed to having their children vaccinated, while others are all for it. Many parents feel there are too many unknowns about the COVID-19 vaccines and want to wait until there is more data about their safety and effectiveness to have their children vaccinated. Other parents feel not having the vaccine puts their children at risk of contracting the virus.
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