Responding to Possible Child Support MisuseWhen contributing to child support, the paying parent is trusting that the recipient is using the money for child-related expenses. Misusing the money for selfish purposes is betraying the good-faith effort of the paying parent and possibly neglecting the needs of the children. However, most states lack mechanisms that monitor how a parent spends the child support payments that he or she receives. Suspicious behavior is not enough evidence to prove that a parent is misusing child support money. If you believe your former spouse is neglecting his or her financial responsibilities as a parent, you will need to prove that the misuse of money is hurting your children.

Purpose of Child Support

Child support is more than a requirement that you pay your former spouse if he or she has primary parenting time with your children. It is an agreement to share in child-related expenses, including:

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Changing Your Vehicle Insurance After DivorceSeparating your auto insurance from your spouse's insurance is one of the actions you must take after finishing your divorce. There is no urgency to do it during your divorce, and finalizing who owns which vehicle will help with the process. However, getting separate insurance policies requires more than a simple phone call. You and your former spouse must take multiple measures to ensure you are no longer tied to each other through your insurance. It may also be time for both of you to shop around for different policies.

Joint Decision

You cannot remove your spouse from your combined auto insurance policy without his or her permission. Having auto insurance is a legal requirement for drivers. Ending your spouse’s insurance without permission may cause him or her to unknowingly break the law by driving. If your spouse is involved in a crash while uninsured, he or she may bear a greater financial burden for property damage and personal injury expenses.

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Perfect Solutions Rarely Exist in Child Relocation DisputesThe decision of whether to allow one parent to relocate with his or her child is often difficult because there are valid arguments for both permitting and denying the petition. The petitioning parent may have an opportunity for a better quality of life, but the responding parent will also have a reduced relationship with his or her child. The decision comes down to whether the relocation will be better for the child. During a recent Illinois case, In re Marriage of Kavchak, a court approved a mother’s petition to relocate with her daughter to North Carolina, even though it would significantly limit the father’s ability to see the daughter.

Mother’s Argument

The mother is a physical therapist who has worked in higher education. Shortly before her divorce, she received an offer for a better-paying job at a university in North Carolina that would also pay for her study towards a doctorate. She accepted the job during the divorce and later filed a relocation petition to allow her daughter to move with her. Her reasons included:

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Parental Guilt Can Lead to Poor Parenting After DivorceThe effect of divorce on their children is one of the lingering factors that will cause parents to hesitate before separating. It is common for divorced parents to feel guilty about how their decision may be hurting their children. Divorced parents worry that their children:

  • Have been traumatized by the separation;
  • Are stressed by the co-parenting arrangement; and
  • Will resent them for the divorce.

Though children of divorce face hardship, parents are not helping themselves or their children by feeling guilty about it.

Problems with Guilty Parenting

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Four Unusual Tricks Spouses Attempt During DivorceDivorcing spouses are often looking for an edge against each other to receive a more favorable division of property or allocation of parental responsibilities. Some will resort to manipulative or illegal tactics, such as hiding assets or lying about the other spouse’s personal conduct. Catching your spouse in a lie will stop the illegal tactic and possibly lead to punishment. Your spouse may surprise you by how far he or she is willing to go to obtain an advantage during your divorce. The tactic may seem especially cruel or make no sense because your spouse is hurting him or herself as much as you. Here are four dirty tricks that spouses have used during their divorces:

  1. Quitting Work: Spouses may under-report their incomes to gain an advantage in child or spousal support. People who are self-employed or run their own businesses can reduce their earnings during the divorce with the intention of increasing them once the divorce is over. However, some spouses will go as far as quitting their jobs during the divorce. They may take a lesser-paying job and plan to go back to their original career after the divorce is finished.
  2. Spending Spree: Some spouses convince themselves that they would rather lose their money than have to share it after the divorce. Starting the divorce process will prevent spouses from withdrawing money from their shared financial accounts. However, a spouse could withdraw money from individual accounts, such as a retirement plan. The spouse then wastes the money on unnecessary expenses so his or her assets are less valuable during divorce.
  3. Getting Someone Fired: A vengeful divorcee may make untrue or exaggerated accusations of misconduct against his or her spouse with the intent of causing the spouse to lose his or her job. Trying to get a spouse fired is self-damaging because the spouse will no longer have the income to provide child or spousal support. Instead, the newly unemployed spouse may be the one needing support.
  4. Fake Social Media Account: Spouses can submit each other’s social media posts as evidence of financial misconduct or lack of parental fitness. If one spouse does not have social media accounts, the other spouse may create fake accounts in order to fabricate the evidence. The impersonated spouse would need to subpoena records from the social media companies to prove that the accounts are fake.

Protecting Yourself

Many dirty tricks used during a divorce are preventable if you notice them in time. A Kane County divorce attorney at Goostree Law Group can help you identify illegal tactics that your spouse may use during your divorce. Schedule a free consultation by calling 630-584-4800.

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Goostree Law Group

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St. Charles, IL 60174

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Wheaton, IL 60187

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