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.
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.
When most people think of the major family law issues, think that they begin when divorce occurs. Yet, as many are aware, this is not always the case. Some family law issues, especially child custody and child support, can arise without a marriage even ever existing. However, in these instances, those who want to protect their legal rights may need to take a few extra steps.
We've spent a lot of time on this blog discussing the financial ramifications of divorce. Although marriage dissolution can certainly be costly, in some instances, the mere decision to get married can set the stage for potential financial hardship. This is especially true for those who, once married, choose to forego an education or career in order to take care of a family. For these individuals, divorce can leave them with inadequate income to maintain the standard of living to which they have grown accustomed, which may be unfair.
Marriage dissolution can affect an individual on many levels. Emotionally, he or she may feel cheated, devastated, disappointed or angry. Although these emotions can be more than enough to cope with, they can only be exacerbated by the potentially life-altering financial changes that can accompany them.
When a divorce is finalized, parties may find themselves breathing a sigh of relief, and for good measure. Divorce, after all, marks a new beginning, and former spouses may be happy to put behind them the emotional pain they suffered during the marriage and the divorce process. They may also feel a weight lifted off of their shoulders, knowing that critical family law legal issues, such as property division and spousal support, have been settled. Despite the relief of initially handling those issues, though, an Illinois resident may find him or herself continuing to deal with divorce legal issues well after marriage dissolution.
Divorce and other family law issues in Illinois are always complex and pockmarked with difficult terrain no matter the circumstances. When it is a high asset divorce involving people well-known in the community and across the country, it is even harder. Everyone, no matter their situation, needs help with the variety of family law matters that will inevitably come up. A recent case involving a professional baseball player exemplifies this point.
A common issue in dispute in Illinois family law is visitation of children for people who are not the parents. This delves into the delicate family law issues surrounding grandparents' rights, siblings' ability to visit and stepparents' rights, among others. The law has certain criteria when it decides if visitation should be granted to a non-parent. The guardian of the child and the prospective visitor must understand these laws if they are moving forward with a case to have visitation.
A common problem in a dispute over child support in Illinois is if a supporting parent fails to make the payments on time and in full for any reason. Delinquent child support is a constant issue that can result in a litany of penalties including jail time. There is rampant disagreement as to whether putting a supporting parent in jail is an actual deterrent and does any good. Another issue is if the father is in jail for another reason, should the child support be ongoing even if he has no means of paying it while incarcerated?
Sometimes the most basic family law issues in Illinois are the most confusing and complicated. Child support and the amount that is ordered to be paid is a situation that is frequently problematic for the supporting parent and the custodial parent. Understanding how child support is calculated is imperative. The amount that is to be paid is contingent on the net income of the noncustodial parent and the number of children he or she has.