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May 2017 Archives

What to know about nesting

Illinois parents of minor children may have heard of a concept called nesting. In this type of an arrangement, divorced parents take turns living in the marital home. This allows the child to stay in a familiar environment while being able to spend time with both parents after they have divorced. In most cases, parents will rent a home or apartment to occupy when they are not living with the child.

How politics is damaging relationships

Some Illinois couples may have experienced more strain than usual on their relationships since the presidential election in November. Between April 12 and April 18, a Virginia polling company conducted a survey of 1,000 people around the country to learn more about the effect of politics on relationships and found that among millennials, 22 percent had broken up with a partner over political differences. Across all couples, 1 in 10 said they had done so.

Factors involved in elder divorce

Illinois residents who are at ot older than 50 and married might wonder about reports that divorce between older couples is rising. While it is true that the divorce rate for older couples has doubled over the past 30 years, there are factors involved that affect the chance of divorce for those 50 and older.

3 warning signs your spouse is hiding assets during divorce

One of the basic functions of a divorce is dividing assets. In order for a fair distribution of assets to take place, you and your spouse must both disclose all your finances. Sometimes this does not happen, especially in high-asset divorces. Your spouse may attempt to hide valuable property or income to avoid splitting them in the settlement.

Limiting parental contact via calls, texts

Illinois parents who have gone through a divorce and who have primary physical custody may wonder if they can prevent the other parent from contacting their child via text, phone or video call. In general, as long as the other parent has some custodial rights, this is not permitted. If a parent attempts to do so, the noncustodial parent may be able to take legal action.

How do children's wishes affect child custody?

Illinois parents who have gone through a divorce might find that the child involved might want to live with the non-custodial parent. While this is not an issue if the parents negotiate an agreement outside of court and are both comfortable with the move, if there is a custody order, a child's wishes might not be enough to change it.

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