After a divorce, it takes some time for individuals to get used to being single again. For those who are dependent on the income of their ex-spouse, spousal maintenance may be essential.
There are many people who divorce each year in Illinois. Each one of these divorces is unique because the circumstances of each marriage are different. The number of children people have can vary, the amount of money families earn may vary, the assets they have can vary, and how they live their lives can vary. While the general issues that are present in each divorce are similar, how these issues are dealt will depend on the specifics of the marriage.
Every divorce in Illinois can have its complications. From time to time a couple can divorce with few disputes, but generally there are disagreements as to how to handle the various aspects of the divorce. These aspects can include child custody, parenting time, child support, alimony and property division. Each of these issues are present in many divorces and each can bring about their own unique complications.
There are many issues that must be resolved in any divorce in Illinois. The big issues are child custody, child support, alimony and property division, which includes dividing up all of the couple's assets. When a couple is dividing assets there are two major steps. The first step in this process is determining what is marital property. After that determination has been made, the next step is dividing the assets between the two spouses.
Illinois fans of the popular television show "7th Heaven" may have heard about the current divorce case of actor Stephen Collins, who played the father. Recently an audio recording of the actor, in which he allegedly admitted molesting underage girls in the past, appeared on a popular entertainment website. Collins' wife admits she turned the tape over to police but denies releasing it to the website.
Our firm recently published an important SlideShare presentation about how alimony, also known as maintenance under state law, is going to undergo a major change. View our presentation below for insight into what the future holds concerning spousal support.
One of the primary questions that couples must answer during divorce is this: Will either spouse be financially supported by the other after the divorce?
Illinois fans of Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey may be aware that divorce rumors have surrounded this couple for a while. Canon even recently admitted that they both live in separate houses and sources say that divorce is very likely. They have been separated since May. The couple has 3-year-old twins and Cannon and Carey have reportedly been working out a custody arrangement and property settlement. The couple married in 2008.
As many people in Illinois know, Sherri Shepard, co-host of the popular television show The View, recently filed for divorce from her husband of three years. She recently spoke about having to move on and keep going forward. She stated that having good friends around her has been very helpful. The couple also is expecting a child this summer via a surrogate. Shepard is seeking full legal and physical custody of the child.
Prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich anymore. With the growing amount of second (and third) marriages, protecting one's estate through prenuptial agreements is becoming an increasingly popular practice. Although most individuals enter a marriage with the expectation to remain with that person 'til death do they part, many lawyers would advise the hopeful newlyweds to hope for the best but plan for the worst. Here are just a few of the many things one may want to consider when deciding on whether or not to hire an attorney to assist with the creation of a prenuptial agreement: