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What are post-divorce modifications?

As a divorced resident in Illinois, you have already jumped through all of the hoops for legally ending a marriage. However, after these decisions have been made and the terms have been settled, the life circumstances that led to them may not stay the same. Will you be stuck with old, outdated terms forever?

Marital property: What all is included?

When you file for divorce, there are a myriad of issues you are forced to tackle before your divorce settlement can be finalized. One of the most daunting tasks is separating marital property and assets that have been accumulated throughout your years of marriage. You may have grown attached to your property and it can be difficult to determine who is entitled to receive what pieces after the marriage ceases. It is important that you understand what constitutes marital property so that you can be sure to get everything you are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

Family law and the consequences of stress

From an emotional point of view, family law matters can be very difficult. Whether someone is struggling with the outcome of a dispute over child custody or they are worried about child support payments, alimony, property division or some other issue, family law can be tough for people in various situations. For some people, the idea of bringing a marriage to an end after many years can cause a lot of anxiety. Moreover, these difficulties can lead to very high levels of stress, which can be detrimental in all sorts of ways. It is imperative for those who are suffering from high levels of stress to do what they can to reduce these feelings both during and after divorce.

What happens to your pet when you divorce?

If your pet is a beloved member of your family and you and your spouse will soon get an Illinois divorce, which of you gets custody of the pet? Believe it or not, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse cannot agree on which of you the pet will live with after your divorce, the two of you can litigate this issue much like you would litigate a child custody issue.

Do you need a forensic accountant on your divorce team?

As someone navigating your way through a divorce in Illinois, you may be trying to figure out the value of certain assets so you can determine how to divide them accordingly. Depending on the specifics of your situation and the relationship between you and your soon-to-be-ex, you may also be trying to figure out exactly how much your spouse earns or has at his or her disposal. He or she may, in turn, be trying to prevent you from doing so, and both of the above scenarios may warrant the hiring of a forensic accountant.

Social media activity and custody disputes

There are a number of factors which can influence the outcome of a custody case, such as the income of each parent and a track record of domestic violence. Some people may not realize, however, that there are other issues which may impact a custody decision. For example, in the digital era, many people regularly post to social media. These posts may consist of relatively mundane information regarding daily life, or they may involve personal information, such as details related to a divorce or child care. If you are in the midst of a custody dispute, it is crucial to be very careful with regard to the information you share online.

Job loss and family law matters

Losing a job can be hard for many reasons, such as destroying dreams and shattering careers. It is very important to be aware of some of the other ways in which this hardship can carry over into someone’s life, especially if they are involved in a serious relationship. For example, someone’s marriage may be threatened by the loss of their job, whether they experience strain in their relationship due to financial stress and disagreement or develop depression and other challenges that can affect their relationship. Moreover, the loss of a job can lead to other types of family law challenges.

Should joint custody be an option for you?

As a resident of Illinois who is going through a divorce while you have kids to take care of, the entire situation can feel incredibly high stakes. At the Law Offices of Johnson & Buh, we're here to help you deal with stresses like determining what your custody situation will look like.

How children can benefit from joint-custody arrangements

As an Illinois parent, chances are, you want to maximize the amount of time you get to spend with your children before they head off to college or otherwise begin life on their own. Once you divorce your child’s other parent, however, this can become decidedly more difficult, and you may find yourself adjusting to a joint-custody arrangement. At the Law Offices of Johnson & Buh, we understand that joint-custody arrangements are not always desirable for all parties involved, but we also recognize that such arrangements can have positive effects on children.

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