Why You Should Consider a Collaborative Divorce

When you think of a divorce, a few common things likely to come to mind: Months or years of conflict, a significant amount of money spent, and a formal court setting that makes it difficult to resolve any issues. While all of this can be a reality for some couples, it doesn’t have to be the same for you.

Instead, you can consider a collaborative divorce.

The collaborative process is unknown to many but remains a great way to resolve conflict and come to an agreement regarding property and debt settlement, maintenance, child support, and all other issues without the need for extensive court time or litigation.

Does this sound appealing to you? Learn more about the entire process and how it works below!

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Child Visitation vs. Parenting Time: What to Expect from the New Laws

Before January 1, 2016, it was common for parents to seek “visitation” with their child(ren) as part of a divorce. But now, with the updated version of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Of Marriage Act covers parenting time (IMDMA) in effect since January 1, 2016, there is no such thing as visitation any longer.

Instead, parents are granted “parenting time” with their child(ren).

As you can imagine, there is a difference between the two and it isn’t just the change of the term. In this article, we’ll discuss what the old law was, how the new law works, and relevant information you should know as to how parenting time is determined by the court in your divorce proceeding.

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What is Divorce Discovery and How Does it Work?

When you decide to file for divorce with a Naperville lawyer, there are a few common first steps you’ll take to get the process started. If you’re the spouse filing, you (along with your Naperville attorney, of course) will file your Petition For Dissolution Of Marriage. Soon after, discovery will take place – at least in most divorces it will.

Discovery can be as simple or long and tedious as both the spouses and law firms would like to make it. But what is discovery and what purpose does it serve? We discuss this and more below!

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Child Custody vs. Parental Responsibility: What’s the Difference?

Child custody is often one of the most hotly contested issues in any divorce. While these efforts are sometimes well-intentioned, spouses fight over children as a means to hurt the other, harming the emotions and stability of children in the process. But this isn’t an issue any longer.

As of January 1, 2016, new updates to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Of Marriage Act (IMDMA) have done away with the idea of child custody in favor of what is referred to as “parental responsibility.”

But, what does this mean for your divorce and more importantly, your children and your time with them following your divorce?

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Your Questions About Child Support Percentages In Illinois Answered

In any divorce proceeding, your kids are your primary concern. Not only do they often not understand what is going on, but their financial, physical, and emotional needs during this time can make it difficult to continue on with “normal” life, no matter how hard you try.

Luckily, this struggle doesn’t continue forever. The closure of a divorce alleviates a lot of tension in most families, allowing parents to better care for their offspring and share parenting time once a case is closed and issues, such as child support, are resolved.

One of the most common questions we receive from both mothers and fathers is “How is the payment calculated?” If you’ve been wondering the same, you’ll find all of the information and answers you need in this article.

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Divorce 101: Your Naperville IL Attorney Explains Everything You Should Know

No couple gets married and plans on one day getting divorced. After all, you’ve built a life together, often with children, a home, vehicles, bank accounts, property and more.

Unfortunately, this can complicate the process, especially if you aren’t sure what to expect or how it will work.

Of course, no ordinary individual is an “expert” on the divorce process. In all likelihood, you haven’t been married and divorced before and even if you have, every case proceeds differently.

Though the end of a marriage can be both financially, mentally, and emotionally taxing, understanding the process and what to expect can make everything more tolerable as you put your new life together. In this article, we’re discussing some of the most factors of any divorce whether you live in DuPage, Will, Kendall, or Kane County.

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