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Chicago Cubs player and singer wife file for high asset divorce

Divorce in Chicago and throughout Illinois is difficult enough without it being discussed publicly. For some people, however, it cannot be avoided as they are well known public figures and have significant assets making it a high asset divorce. For this and other family legal issues, the dispute can be rancorous and difficult. To ensure that there is adequate protection as the case moves forward, it is vital for people who have major income and property understand the need for experienced legal assistance.

Illinois family law and a voluntary acknowledgment of parentage

There are some Illinois family law cases in which there is a dispute over paternity of a child at birth. Because paternity is a key factor in child support and visitation, it is important to understand how paternity can be established. Before having genetic tests to determine the identity of the biological father, it is possible to have a voluntary acknowledgment of parentage. When there is a disagreement about these key concerns, legal assistance is essential.

Family law issues if a supporting parent is not in Illinois

While most child support cases in Illinois will involve parents residing in the state, there are times when the supporting parent moves to another state or another country. Parents who are concerned about a parent who has moved out of state not making the necessary payments on time and in full might feel fear as to what can be done to collect those payments. They are often unaware of how the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act addresses these situations and goes about getting the payments. When this arises as a family law issue, having legal assistance is crucial.

Family law and how Social Security is impacted by divorce

When an Illinois couple divorces, some of the family legal issues that come to the forefront include property division, spousal support (also referred to as alimony), child support and more. There are underlying factors that will also be important as part of the divorce settlement. One is Social Security. The Social Security Administration says that, of all American workers, 96 percent will receive Social Security. When they retire, these benefits can be imperative to making ends meet. In a divorce, this can be critical.

What if a parent owing child or spousal support is unemployed?

For Illinois parents, one of the most important obligations they have after a divorce is to pay the child support or spousal support they owe. For the receiving parent, the payments are needed for upkeep and necessities. For various reasons, there are sometimes problems keeping up with the payments. One is if the parent who owes support is unemployed. This is a difficult circumstance, but the law addresses it directly. For the parent who is confronted with this issue and the parent who is supposed to be receiving the support payments, it is important to understand how this will be handled.

Should I fight my premarital agreement in a divorce dispute?

In many marriages in Illinois, the couple will have a premarital agreement - also referred to as a prenuptial agreement - before they get married. This is true in a high asset situation or one of more modest means. It is a protective device in the event of a divorce. Unfortunately, many marriages do end in divorce and the premarital agreement comes to the forefront. Often, however, many spouses who signed the agreement would like to have it declared null and void. Knowing when this is possible is critical in any dispute. When confronted with these difficult family law issues, legal help is essential.

Illinois fathers again seek change to state custody laws

There has long been a worry that fathers were viewed in a secondary manner in Illinois child custody cases. Since mothers will often be given custody with the father getting visitation rights as a noncustodial parent, many deemed this as unfair. Fathers who are thinking about this and want to make certain they are given an opportunity to have custody or equal custody, it is important to keep track of developments in family law issues and to have legal advice to state their case successfully.

How is the amount and duration of spousal support determined?

Illinois couples who are getting a divorce will frequently be in dispute over a litany of issues. Family law can be a complicated matter with many concerns for both parties. When one spouse is ordered to pay spousal support - also referred to as alimony or maintenance - the amount that will be paid and how long it will last are common worries. On the other side of the coin, the receiving spouse will want to know how much he or she will receive and its duration. Understanding what the law says about this is a fundamental part of a case. So too is having legal advice throughout the process.

What guidelines are used for child support in Illinois?

When a couple in Illinois ends a marriage, they must consider how they will handle child support. It is important to have a grasp on what state law says about the process in which it is calculated. All parents will agree that support for their children is an integral point that should not be ignored. However, there are frequent disagreements as to the amount that must be paid. The goal of the guidelines is to have a basis of what will be paid. This is to avoid dispute and make the process as reasonable for both sides as possible. However, there can still be disagreements about support. Having legal advice is imperative in these cases.

Family law issues require experienced Illinois legal help

When an Illinois couple gets married, the goal is that they will have a family and remain together to achieve a happy life. For many, this is the result and they enjoy their lives together battling through inevitable disputes and keeping their marriage intact. For others, however, the issues become too much, and they decide that a divorce is the best course of action. Some divorces are amicable, while others are contentious. Most end up somewhere in between.

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