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Workers' Compensation Part of Income for Support PaymentsIllinois divorce courts consider workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury damages much the same way as other properties. They are marital property if they originated during the marriage. Any compensation awarded before or after the marriage is non-marital property. Determining which status applies can be crucial because injury compensation is often lucrative:

  • Workers’ compensation covers medical costs and gives periodic payments to replace lost income due to temporary or permanent disability; and
  • Personal injury compensation is usually a lump sum but can be more valuable than workers’ compensation because it includes pain and suffering.

Even when injury compensation is not a marital property, it can still affect spousal maintenance and child support payments.

Spousal Maintenance

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Ways Divorce Will Change Your BehaviorDivorcing parents are told to watch for signs of emotional regression in their children. The stress of the divorce can cause some children to revert to behavior patterns that parents thought they had gotten past, such as:

  • Thumb-sucking;
  • Bed-wetting;
  • Crying to express their emotions; and
  • Separation anxiety.

Teens can react in various ways that range from being rebellious to being overly compliant. However, adults getting a divorce may not realize that they are also experiencing emotional regression. The effect is often temporary but can do lasting damage to their relationships with others.

Heightened Emotions

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How Divorce Affects Tax Filing Status, DependentsThe alimony deduction for federal income taxes has been in the spotlight this year because of looming changes to the federal tax law. As previously discussed, divorcees who finalize their divorce after December 31, 2018 will no longer be able to claim the spousal maintenance they pay as a tax deduction or be required to report payments they receive as taxable income. Child support payments are already treated in this way. People with existing divorce agreements or who finalize their divorce before 2019 should be able to continue using the alimony deduction (in which the payor is allowed to deduct alimony from their taxable income, and the recipient must report alimony as taxable income) indefinitely, although the long-term consequences of the new law are still unclear. However, there are other ways in which divorce affects how you file your taxes.

Filing Status

Your tax filing status may change if you are newly divorced or in the process of getting divorced. Whether you file as single or married will depend on when you divorced:

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Working Through Your Divorce Is a Team EffortIt is not just an empty platitude when people tell you that you do not have to go through your divorce alone. A happy and successful divorcee often has a team of people helping him or her out. Your divorce attorney may be the most important member of your divorce support team because he or she will lead you through the complex legal process. However, there are more support team members that can help you in other areas during your divorce.

Financial Support

Your attorney should be versed in the financial necessities of your divorce, but it can help to work with a financial professional. If you are unsure of who to use, your attorney may be able to recommend someone to you. A financial planner can advise you about:

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Acceptance Easier Than Forgiveness in DivorceOne of the final signs that you have moved beyond your divorce is no longer holding a grudge against your former spouse. Letting go of resentment is often equated with forgiveness, but the two are not always the same. Some wrongs during a marriage are difficult to forgive and should not be forgotten for safety reasons. For instance, you should continue to be careful when having contact with a former spouse who abused you. In many cases, forgiveness can take years to reach, during which part of you is unable to fully invest yourself in new relationships. For some divorcees, accepting their former spouse’s actions is a more realistic immediate goal than forgiving them.

Problems with Forgiveness

Forgiving someone for his or her wrongdoing against you is still the best possible resolution to your post-divorce resentment. However, it is difficult to reach that point because:

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Goostree Law Group

Goostree Law Group

 555 S. Randall Road, Suite 200
St. Charles, IL 60174


 400 S. County Farm Road, Suite 300
Wheaton, IL 60187


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