Archive, July 2013.

Next to child custody, property division is the biggest source of disputes that arise during a divorce. Even when parties intend to divide the property amicably, it is not uncommon for disputes to arise. In some cases, disputes over property are manifestation of the rancor usually associated with divorce. In other cases, property disputes are the result of improper planning both before and during the marriage. A common problem is the division of non-marital property; property that at one point belonged to only one spouse. Common examples of non-marital property include inheritances, assets…

A domestic partnership is a legally recognized union between two people that have elected not to be traditionally married. There are several different reasons why a couple would not pursue marriage such as not having a religious affiliation or being a same sex couple that resides in a state wherein same sex marriage is not legal. The laws are different for each state; however, Illinois does have domestic partnership legal benefits that allow couples to have the same rights as married people. A couple in a domestic partnership can register their partnership as a matter of public record. The…

Breaking the news of your divorce to your children is not an easy thing to do. Chances are that they know someone whose parents have gone through a divorce, but they may have thought that this could never happen to their own family. Children will often be afraid that they will not have both of their parents in their lives anymore or that they will not be well taken care of. There are a few things that you need to be mindful of to make it a bit easier on the children. Know what you are going to say There are many times as a parent that you just wing it when responding to hard questions. …

A new study written by Sonya Britt, a Kansas State University researcher, states that arguing about money, especially early on in a relationship or marriage, is the top predictor of divorce, according to the Huffington Post. The research found that “couples who argued about money early in their relationship—regardless of their income, debt, or net worth—were at a greater risk for divorce.” Britt writes that despite previous collective thought that arguments about the children, sex, or in-laws were top predictors for the longevity of the relationship, it’s really all about money, for…

According to MyFoxChicago, “celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and art collector Charles Saatchi say they intend to conclude a ‘swift and amicable’ divorce” by the end of July. Neither plans to receive any financial help from the other—meaning that an amiable divorce is all the more likely. According to MyFoxChicago, Lawson and Saatchi “separated after a newspaper published photos last month of Saatchi grasping his wife’s throat during an argument at a London restaurant.” Lawson hired “powerhouse divorce lawyer” Fiona Shackleton, who has previously represented bigwigs such as …

The first step that many people take when trying to get out of an abusive relationship is to obtain an order of protection. To prevent domestic violence, an order of protection, or restraining order, is a legal document that states that the abuser must stay away from the victim for a certain amount of time, and that the abuser can be arrested for violating the order. A person can obtain and order of protection by requesting one after criminal charges have been filed against the abuser, asking a Kane County family law attorney to request one, contacting your local domestic abuse hotline …

Divorce is very troublesome and exhausting for everyone involved. Not only has a relationship that was supposed to last a lifetime fallen apart, but children must adapt, and finances must be split. The couple has to split their assets and money and create new, separate, homes. Along with the emotional turmoil, there are also plenty of financial difficulties as well. To be prepared for the financial burden, follow these steps: Document your finances from the last five years. Include tax returns, investments, and assets like your home, vehicle and liabilities. This will be helpful to …

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