Libertyville Family Law Blog

Mediation can be a great resource for a fast and affordable divorce

One of the biggest issues with getting a divorce is the amount of time the process requires and the potential for major expenses along the way. If you and your spouse don't agree to terms regarding serious issues likes child custody and how to divide your assets, it could lead to a contentious, drawn-out divorce in court. However, it's important to realize that isn't your only option.

For many couples, mediation offers a great alternative to a combative divorce in the courts. Choosing mediation is sometimes much faster and more affordable than a court-based divorce. More importantly, you could reap many benefits from mediation, including more control over the final terms of your divorce and less stress and damage to any children from your marriage.

Top reasons why people get divorced

Some people think that infidelity is the main reason why couples divorce, but the reality is that there are many reasons why married couples choose to go their separate ways. Right now, you may be wondering if you should file for divorce and you could have reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with cheating.

The reasons for divorce range from financial problems and lack of communication to simply falling out of love. To learn more about why people choose to divorce, read further.

Do you know how to fairly divide assets in your divorce?

When divorce comes knocking, many couples do not anticipate just how complicated the process is, especially when a marriage contains complex assets. While getting married is a fairly straightforward process, achieving a fair divorce is rarely ever as simple.

When you and your spouse decide to divorce, there are many different ways that might play out, depending on each of your priorities. For some couples, a divorce is saying goodbye indefinitely, while others wish to maintain a functional relationship, often for the sake of children.

Unmarried separations and paternity in Illinois

The end of any relationship is a difficult time. In cases where the couple wasn't married, that process can be simpler than in cases where parents get divorced.

Unfortunately, if you didn't get married and had children together, that can make the separation more complicated. Both parents may want full or partial custody, or one parent may want visitation.

To ensure everything works out in a legal and appropriate manner, you need to establish paternity of your child as early as possible. Ideally, you went through the process of establishing paternity when your children were born.

3 times to consider modifying child custody arrangements

There are times when you or your ex may want to discuss changing your child custody arrangements. In many cases, the reason to do this is because there is a major life change occurring. For example, maybe you have a new job offer in another state, so you want to adjust your visitation and custody schedule. Here are four times when you may want to go to court to modify your custody arrangements.

Illinois child support: Common questions

For parents in Illinois and elsewhere, figuring out how to financially support children after divorce or separation can be a challenging and confusing thing. Thankfully, the state has very specific guidelines when it comes to child support to make it a little easier. If you are one of the many parents dealing with child support issues, this column will work to address some of the common questions asked about this topic.

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