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An overview of child support guidelines in Indiana

One of the most important issues for residents of Northern Indiana who are contemplating a divorce is child support - how much can a non-custodial spouse be expected to pay or how much should a custodial parent expect to receive. The answers can be found in the general statutory language governing child support and in the specific child support guidelines that set the amount of child support based upon the parents' financial situation.

How does Illinois family law address a parenting plan agreement?

There is a perception that when couples in Illinois get a divorce, there will be a litany of family law issues in dispute and it can grow endlessly contentious. That is, unfortunately, true in many cases when couples are battling over property, custody of children, support and visitation rights. However, in some cases, the family legal issues are reasonably amicable and the parties can agree on most issues to facilitate a rapid end to the proceedings.

Might conciliation be ordered in an Illinois family law case?

Couples in Illinois who are planning to divorce might think that the case will be heard on that basis with the court allowing it to move forward, assessing the circumstances and making decisions based on the evidence. However, that is not always the case immediately. In some situations, the court will determine that the marriage can be salvaged. With that, there can be an order for the parties to take part in a court-ordered "conciliation" conference.

How does property division impact a pension in a divorce?

In a divorce in Illinois, property division might seem like a secondary issue when placed in the context of child support, spousal support, custody and visitation, but that does not diminish its importance. There are many parts of property division that will come to the forefront, including the marital home, motor vehicles, personal items that one spouse or another might want to retain and more. Pensions are also a key consideration. Understanding how pensions are addressed in family law with property division is critical to both the spouse who earned the pension and the spouse who believes he or she should get part of it.

Different types of family law disputes happen with older divorces

For a couple in Illinois, getting a divorce is a difficult process to go through at any age. Oftentimes, divorce cases are generally perceived to involve younger people. Increasingly, however, older people are getting divorced. These are commonly referred to as "gray" divorces. There are a variety of different issues that will arise for these couples that must be addressed. Understanding the challenges that will come up is critical to deal with the case effectively.

Understanding maintenance designation in Illinois family law

Spousal support, also referred to as maintenance, is a common topic for dispute in an Illinois divorce. There are many factors that enter into the equation as to which spouse will pay support, which will receive it, how much it will be, how long it will last, and if it can be modified. For those who are concerned about this issue, it is important to understand the oft-forgotten details integral to a case.

Reality show couple's divorce dispute filed in Illinois

Most family law issues and cases in Illinois are kept private and people settle their dispute themselves or go to court to have it settled for them. This is a preferable scenario as public scrutiny can complicate the situation and result in the case taking more time and costing more money than would otherwise be necessary. If the participants were well-known as entertainers, politicians or other public figures, it is unavoidable that a divorce will enter the public sphere. The same is true for reality show cast members. This is especially troublesome if the reality show centered around a marriage.

In a dispute about parentage, is a temporary order possible?

Child support is a common source for dispute in Illinois, but many of the cases center around a couple that was married, has gotten a divorce and is in the process of determining how much the supporting parent will pay to the custodial parent. If the case involves unmarried couples and there is a disagreement or outright denial of paternity, it can be more complicated.

Statistics show family law issues spark summer divorces

Divorce is not a decision that Illinois residents take lightly. People who are having problems in their marriage will think about their alternatives, decide if the marriage is salvageable, factor in all the considerations and then determine what they should do. Ancillary concerns are also part of the process. While most people might be under the impression that family law issues will happen regardless of the time of year, studies indicate that summer is one of the times of year, when there is an increase in divorce filings. For those who have reached this point in their relationship, understanding the key factors in a case requires understanding family law options.

How is property division addressed in a simplified dissolution?

Illinois divorces that are contentious and involve a seemingly endless dispute get most of the attention and are among the biggest concerns of people who are considering moving forward with the end of a marriage. However, not all cases are rife with hard feelings and go on endlessly. For some couples, the pieces are in place for a relatively amicable parting of the ways. For those who are in such a circumstance, a joint simplified dissolution might be their best bet. There are many parts of this type of divorce and a key factor that should be understood is how property division is handled.

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