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Challenges for long-distance parents after divorce

Illinois parents who move away from their children after divorce might be worried about whether they will be able to maintain the relationship from a distance. While they may not be able to spend as much time with their children as they would if they were nearby, they can take steps to ensure that the time they do have together counts.

Some children may prefer that their parents come to visit them, and parents should talk to them about their preferences. Whatever the arrangement, parents should try to ensure that they have plenty of alone time with their children. This is not the time to introduce children to people the parents are dating unless the relationship has become a serious one. Parents may want to try to meet their children's friends and parents of these friends. This helps them become more involved in their children's lives and may increase the likelihood that the friends will be allowed to accompany the child and noncustodial parent on trips.

Questioning the validity of blood pattern analysis

Illinois residents may be interested to learn how analyzing bloodstains after a shooting can help law enforcement identify a perpetrator. Blood splatter evidence is based on the physical way that blood behaves. It has been used in law enforcement since the late 19th century. In the United States, its prominence dates back to 1955. Blood splatter evidence has played a role in many well-known murder trials, including the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

Law enforcement may use blood spatter to backward-trace the events at a crime scene. They may be able to use blood splatter evidence to reconstruct how suspects acted during the crime, what weapons were used and where the victim and the perpetrator were positioned. Potential evidence includes splatters, drips and smears that are created following the impact of a bullet or a hit with a blunt object.

You can regain custody after rehab

The saddest part of parental addiction is the damage that the child(ren) suffer when their parents are actively using and not pursuing recovery. Fractured families struggle to remain together when one or both parents remains addicted to drugs.

If you are a divorced parent who is abusing drugs, you and your children are at risk of grave repercussions if you continue on this path. You could lose your custody rights and even be denied visitation if you refuse to get and stay sober. In the most extreme cases, you could even lose your parental rights completely.

Should I let my spouse keep the house?

If you and your spouse in Illinois have decided that you should not stay married to each other, you will have to embark on the task of determining how to separate your marital estate. The division of assets is often one element of a divorce that extends the time it takes to finalize the end of a marriage. A family home is commonly one of a couple's largest assets and the corresponding mortgage their largest debt. If your spouse wants to keep your home, it is important for you to know how to protect yourself financially down the road.

As explained by The Mortgage Reports, any spouse who wants to keep a marital home should refinance the existing mortgage so that a new mortgage in their name only is obtained. The reason this is so important is because a lender will always look at the names on the debt when determining who to pursue for repayment or whose credit report to share missed or late payment information with regardless of the terms of any divorce decree.

Applying for a restricted license can help you stay independent

The term "restricted license" most likely makes the average person think of a teenage driver who only has a learning permit and needs a licensed adult in the vehicle with them to drive. However, adults can also find themselves driving with a restricted license after an impaired driving charge.

While the thought of a restricted license sounds humiliating to some people, in reality it is a great boon to those who might otherwise not be able to drive themselves anywhere. Securing a restricted license in Illinois usually requires attending a court hearing after the suspension of your license and may be an option even if you can't fully reinstate your license.

The difference between traffic violations and misdemeanors

When people get pulled over by a member of law enforcement in Illinois, they may expect nothing worse than a ticket. However, sometimes people find themselves charged with a misdemeanor instead of receiving a ticket. It is important to understand the difference between traffic violations and misdemeanors.

When law enforcement pulls most people over, it is usually because someone committed a traffic violation. According to FindLaw, failing to yield and speeding are examples of traffic violations. Parking in a handicap spot may also be a violation if someone does not have a handicap sticker. Additionally, traffic violations include parking in front of fire hydrants. These offenses are usually less serious because they do not always have the potential to harm other people.

Request a child support modification if necessary

As a result of your divorce, the court may require you to make child support payments to your ex-spouse until your children reach the age of 18.

While it's good to know that you're doing your part in helping your children financially, there could come a point when your child support obligation puts severe strain on your financial situation.

How divorce mediators help divorcees

Illinois couples who are getting a divorce will have some issues to work through. Whether it's custody matters, alimony payment, or how to divide assets, there are going to be plenty of areas in which arguments may occur. So how can a couple get through these arguments?

FindLaw states that this is where divorce mediation may come in handy. Divorce mediators can come in to help couples as they work through their split, providing clarity, equity, and helping couples work out solutions to problems they may have. Their primary duty is to help both parties come to agreements on everything - or close to everything - they disagree on in a way that both parties find relatively fair. They also help eliminate arguments as they arise, ensuring each party has an equal amount of time to get their points across.

How adult children cope with divorce

As more and more retired parents decide to end their marriage, a higher number of adult children are left having to cope with this sudden shift in family structure. Unfortunately, not many studies offer insight into how divorce can affect adult children. One thing is clear, though: they are affected just as much as younger children.

The Institute for Family Studies discusses helping adult children of divorce find their voices. Many adult children suffer in silence. There is a common misconception among many parties that as adults, they should be able to "handle" the split more easily than a young child. On the contrary, early studies have found that adult children may have more trouble adjusting. This could be because they have lived a longer time with their current family dynamic in place.

Important ways to prepare your finances for divorce

It won't be long after deciding to divorce that you begin to ponder the impact on your finances.

The way you prepare your finances for divorce can be the difference between success and failure. If you take the right steps, you'll feel confident in your ability to avoid mistakes and reduce tension. But if you go down the wrong path, you could run into one issue after the next.

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