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How divorce can threaten retirement and financial well-being

Ending a marriage can be an emotional and messy process. If you've found yourself on this blog, then you are likely concerned about the ramifications of divorce. In reality, they can be quite extensive, especially when one's best interests are not fully represented. Although divorce can be emotional, and coming to an agreement or litigating child custody and child support matters can be draining, financial matters like property division usually have some of the most significant impact on one's life.

Parental interference may justify child custody modification

Most Illinois and Indiana residents who are going through a divorce breathe a sigh of relief when the marriage dissolution process draws to an end. This is completely understandable. After all, many of these individuals face significant heartache and financial strain, let alone much time, negotiating and litigating the various family law issues that pertain to their unique situation. However, even when the dust settles following a divorce, certain problems may arise leading to justified legal action.

What is the Illinois Clean Slate program for child support?

Divorce can upend the financial stability that is often felt throughout a marriage. What was once a single household supported by two incomes suddenly becomes two households each supported by one income. This can make for a challenging adjustment, and many individuals find themselves facing economic uncertainty. This is especially true when children are involved. Although a child may be in the physical custody of one parent, the expectation is that both parents will contribute to the child's upbringing.

The logistical challenges of military divorce

The brave men and women of our military put their lives on the line to ensure our safety, as well as the safety of many overseas. Since these individuals put their normal day-to-day lives on hold in order to serve our country, they are provided certain legal protections. This includes protections under family law. Those who are in the military, as well as those seeking to address divorce and other family law issues with a member of the military, should familiarize themselves with these laws, as they can play an important role in the timeline and outcome.

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Relationships are meant to last. Unfortunately, though, money troubles, lack of trust, infidelity and merely growing into different individuals can bring conflict into a relationship, subsequently leading to its end. Therefore, individuals entering a relationship, as well as those who are ending one, whether married or not, need to carefully consider how best to proceed moving forward. There are probably a number of legal issues a couple in this situation must face, and failing to address them with one's best interests in mind can lead to an unwanted outcome.

Consider whether a non-marital agreement is right for you

Ending a marriage is not an easy process. Getting divorced can leave couples facing a number of family law issues. Amongst these matters are child custody, child support, property division and alimony. While these legal issues can be highly contested in a marriage dissolution, the fact of the matter is that they can also arise in the context of non-marital relationships. Nowadays, many couples are choosing to live together for years without tying the knot, which can make it challenging to legally divide their lives when their relationship sours.

Ways to render a prenuptial agreement invalid

Previously, this blog discussed prenuptial agreements and how they can prove beneficial to those who are seeking to protect their interests in the event of divorce. These documents can ensure that property division and spousal support matters are addressed in accordance with the parties' desires at the time of marriage. Yet, as many of us know, people and their wishes can change over the course of time. Therefore, when a couple decides to get divorce, one or both parties may suddenly find the terms of the agreement unfair. In these cases, it may be wise for an individual to consider whether he or she can find a way to invalidate the agreement.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of a prenuptial agreement?

Choosing to get married can be one of the biggest decisions of your life. While you are tying yourself emotionally to another person for what could conceivably be the rest of your life, you are also agreeing to share your financial lives. This means that assets and liabilities alike can become shared. This may be beneficial while you are married, but in the event that you divorce, you may get stuck with debts and lose a significant amount of money through the property division process.

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Marriage is often referred to as "tying the knot." If that is the case, that it is fair to say that many Illinois and Indiana couples find that knot frayed and tangled when they try to untie it through divorce. Yes, marriage dissolution can be messy, as many individuals struggle to prevent emotions from guiding their decisions, but parties to a divorce need to stay calm and level-headed if they want to stand a chance of reaching an outcome that leaves them best prepared for their post-divorce life.

New tax plan could hurt those who pay alimony

Divorce can be an emotionally challenging event. Two individuals who have presumably loved each other suddenly determine that it is in their best interests to go their separate ways. Oftentimes, this comes after infidelity or emotional detachment, and other times money issues come into play. Yet, for all the emotional damage that can be caused by divorce, it can be equaled or even surpassed by the financial ramifications of divorce. Although many of the financial consequences can be negotiated or litigated, there may be change coming that is unavoidable.

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