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Protecting Your Child from the Negative Effects of Divorce

 Posted on November 12, 2017 in Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Illinois family law attorneyIt used to be said that children were resilient, and they could recover easily from divorce. We now know this is not true. Recent studies suggest that children may experience a host of problems during and after a divorce, including everything from emotional, behavioral, and mental health problems, to maladjustment and developmental issues. Thankfully, parents can mitigate against such problems. The following information explains how.

Strive for a Child-Centered Divorce

It might not have felt this way, but your child has always been separate from your marriage. Yes, you and your spouse may have conceived and parented together, but the relationship that each of you has with your child is individual, special, and unique. Though the marriage is ending, the bond between the child and each parent remains. Parents who remember this and strive to protect not just their own relationship with the child, but also the child’s relationship with the other parent, often see fewer negative issues arise with their children during and after the divorce process. So, watch what you say around your child, and avoid oversharing details about the divorce, and you may successfully protect your child’s need for unconditional love, time, and attention from both parents.

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Children, Narcissism, and Parental Alienation – How to Combat This Perfect Divorce Storm

 Posted on November 08, 2017 in Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

Illinois parenting time attorneyDivorcing a spouse that is on the narcissism spectrum is not an easy task. The situation can become even more challenging if there are children involved. Already vulnerable to the potentially harmful effects of divorce, children could be used as pawns by the narcissist, a tool that can be used against the other parent.

This kind of activity, known as parental alienation, can have a lifelong negative impact on every relationship that the child will ever have – and that includes the relationship they have with you. Learn how to reduce the risk of this occurring in your divorce, and discover how an experienced divorce attorney can help.

Narcissism and Parental Alienation

Parental alienation and narcissism do not always occur together, but the risk of that happening is certainly higher when your spouse is a narcissist. Part of this problem could be due to the way that family courts handle parental alienation allegations, but the biggest and, perhaps, most influential factor is the narcissist’s disorder. Most are charmers, meaning they can win over almost anyone.

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Protecting Your Child from the Negative Effects of Divorce

 Posted on October 19, 2017 in Family Law

Illinois divorce lawyerIt used to be said that children were resilient, and they could recover easily from divorce. We now know this is not true. Recent studies suggest that children may experience a host of problems both during and after divorce, from emotional, behavioral and mental health problems, to maladjustment and developmental issues. Thankfully, parents can mitigate against such problems. The following information explains how.

Strive for a Child-Centered Divorce

It might not have felt this way, but your child has always been separate from your marriage. Yes, you and your spouse may have conceived and parented together, but the relationship that each of you has with your child is individual, special, and unique. Though the marriage is ending, the bond between the child and each parent will remain. Parents who remember this and strive to protect not just their own relationship with the child, but also the child’s relationship with the other parent, often see fewer negative issues in their children during and after the divorce process. So, put away the team shirt, watch what you say around your child, and avoid oversharing details about the divorce and you may successfully protect your child’s need for unconditional love, time, and attention from both of their parents.

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Financial Planning for Divorce – Taking the First Steps

 Posted on October 06, 2017 in Divorce

Hillside IL divorce attorneyA divorce can be a complicated and arduous process because there are numerous potential pitfalls and challenges – and money is often the most significant concern. However, many parties overlook important financial planning details when they first file for divorce. The result of this oversight can range from a minor loss of some funds, to complete financial devastation. Learn how to mitigate against the potential money issues in your Illinois divorce with effective financial planning, and discover how an experienced divorce lawyer can help.

Start Your Post-Divorce Budget Now

It may seem a bit premature, planning your post-divorce budget now, but having an idea of how much money you will be bringing in (and what you expect to spend) as you work through the divorce process can save you a great deal of time, money, and stress in the future. Consider also how you plan to spend your post-divorce settlement. Will you sell the house and move into a smaller place to give yourself more financial breathing room each month? Who will pay for the kids’ college expenses? Also, do not forget to save for personal goals, such as vacations or a new vehicle.

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Establishing Paternity in Illinois

 Posted on September 23, 2017 in Divorce

Illinois paternity lawyerIn a marriage, the paternity of a child is automatically established. However, this is not the case when the biological parents are unmarried. Instead, the father is deemed an “alleged father” until he and the mother either acknowledge paternity or receive confirmation of paternity through the courts or Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS). Learn more about establishing paternity in Illinois, including how it can be done and why you should get it done, and see why the assistance of an experienced family law attorney should be obtained.

Why Establish Paternity?

At first glance, the purpose of establishing paternity may seem to be about money. After all, a father may be obligated to pay child support if he and the biological mother are not residing together. However, fathers can also reap several benefits if they pursue establishing paternity legally. For example, fathers can still have the right to pursue custody of their child, should the mother ever lose her rights or become incapacitated for any reason. Fathers can also seek parenting time and allocation of parental responsibilities, which gives them bonding time and decision-making power in the life of their child.

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Creative Parenting Plan Solutions for Your Illinois Divorce

 Posted on September 12, 2017 in Family Law

Hillside IL family law attorneysWhen parents file for divorce, they are required to complete a parenting plan document which outlines their wishes on parenting time and the allocation of parental responsibilities. Of course, since every family is unique, each parenting plan is (and should be) different. However, these variances in needs, desires, and circumstances can make what sounds like a straightforward process rather complicated. Learn how to make the most of your parenting plan by adopting some creative parenting plan solutions that may address your family’s unique needs.

Consider Your Child’s Age

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes that parents make when designing their parenting plan is not taking their child’s age, activities, or personality into account – yet these factors can greatly influence their specific needs. For example, it might make sense for an infant who has spent most of their life with a stay-at-home parent to have more parenting time with that parent. However, child mental health professionals typically recommend more frequent transitions for young children, as they need a great deal of time with both parents to ensure proper bonding. Depending on your situation, a two day stay with one parent, & then a two day stay with the other parent, and then three days back with the first parent may be the appropriate schedule until the child is a bit older. At that point, the family may want to consider going to a 2-2-5 parenting arrangement, instead.

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Waiting for Divorce Until the Kids Grow Up – Are You Doing More Harm Than Good?

 Posted on August 17, 2017 in Divorce

Illinois divorce lawyerWhen your marriage is failing, and you know divorce is the next step, you may stop to consider how your children will respond. If you determine that they simply cannot handle growing up in a broken home – perhaps because of a disability, a sensitive demeanor, or a rough upbringing – you may be tempted to put off the inevitable. Are you really doing your children a favor though, or are you doing more harm than good? The answer may rest in the underlying issues of your marriage. Learn more with help from the following information.

Domestic Violence and Children

If there is any marriage in which divorce should not be delayed, it is one in which domestic violence is present. Violence of any sort can have a negative impact on the growth and development of a child, and it may also increase the child’s risk for several mental health conditions, such as depression, aggression, and anxiety. Furthermore, children may ultimately be at risk for violence themselves, even if they are not currently the target. If you are a victim of violence, do not wait. Get help immediately. Seek out services tailored especially for victims and contact an experienced family law attorney for assistance with your divorce.

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Understanding the Risks of a Pro Se Divorce

 Posted on August 01, 2017 in Divorce

Illinois divorce attorneyDo-it-yourself divorce, also known as pro se divorce, has become increasingly common over the last several years. In fact, there are now agencies that help divorcing couples complete their paperwork, which the couple must then file themselves. Many pursue this option because they think it will save them time and/or money. Others feel they can manage an amicable divorce better on their own than with an attorney. Unfortunately, both of these approaches often lead to problems.

Why Even Amicable Divorces Need an Attorney

It happens all too often: a couple starts out on their divorce journey amicably enough, but then a sensitive matter comes up. Sparks fly, and the arguments begin. Sometimes, the matter becomes so contentious, it delays the divorce. Other times, couples are so locked in their negotiations, they have no alternative but to hire an attorney – and by that time, things may be a complete mess, and could take more time and money to sort out than necessary. Contention and a loss of time and money are not the only risks that couples face in a DIY divorce, however. In fact, some situations may place the lives of one party, and possibly even children, at risk for significant financial loss, violence, mental health issues, trauma, and more.

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More Men Are Aggressively Pursuing Alimony in Divorce

 Posted on July 28, 2017 in Divorce

Hillside IL divorce lawyerAlimony - which is called spousal maintenance in Illinois - used to be a common factor in a divorce, and it was usually awarded to wives. Often caretakers and homemakers, women in the past often lacked the skills, experience, or resources to support themselves immediately after divorce. Times have changed, however. Today, more and more wives are becoming the primary breadwinners of their families, and more husbands are staying home. Because of this, many women are now finding themselves on the paying side when it comes to the subject of alimony in a divorce. Unfortunately, this kind of “role reversal” in a divorce can have serious implications.

Women Remain Disadvantaged in Divorce

Despite there being more women in the workforce than ever before, and more women being the primary breadwinners for their families, there remains an income disparity within the workplace. In fact, the Pew Research Center has found that, while the gender income gap is closing, it does still exist. Overall, women make about 80 percent of the income of their male counterparts in the same positions, and it takes, on average, an extra 44 days of work for them to make up for that disparity.

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Who Gets Custody of the Frozen Embryos in an Illinois Divorce?

 Posted on July 13, 2017 in Divorce

Illinois divorce lawyerInfertility is a serious and common issue in marriage, which is why many couples turn to in vitro fertilization to conceive. What happens, though, if the couple then divorces? Who gets custody of the embryos? Does anyone? Furthermore, who gets to make the decision? The following information explores the subject of frozen embryos in a divorce, including how they are dealt with and how you can attempt to protect them with help from an experienced legal professional.

The Difficult Truth

Embryos, though typically comprised of both parents’ DNA, are not considered humans by most courts. Illinois law continues to treat them as marital assets. The unfortunate part about this approach is that these assets – unlike homes and cars – have no monetary value. Further, they can become a financial liability for the other parent, should the “custodial” party decide to use the embryos to conceive a child. As such, courts often decide that embryos must be destroyed. Alternatively, they may rule that the embryos can continue to be stored, but no one is permitted access unless they have obtained permission from the other party.

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