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New Lenox parenting plan lawyer

Parenting a child is rarely easy, especially if you are now a single parent. Though co-parenting can be extremely beneficial for the children, it does present many challenges for parents. Some divorced couples can call it quits and never have to speak to each other again. However, as a parent, you will always be attached to your ex-spouse because of your children. Co-parenting can be difficult, because you may still have feelings of anger or sadness toward your spouse, but you still have to work with them in order to be the parents your children deserve. Here are a few tips that can help you be the best co-parent you can after your Illinois divorce:

Do Not Put Your Kids in the Middle of You and Your Ex’s Problems

In many cases, divorce is not a mutual decision. This can breed feelings of resentment or anger toward your ex-spouse, which can be difficult to control. However, it is important to remember that your issues with your ex are not your child’s issues, and it is not fair of you to put your children between the two of you. Never use your children to convey messages to the other parent, and never confide in your children about the issues between you and your ex-spouse.

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Will County divorce lawyer

Making the decision to get a divorce is rarely easy. Marriages do not just break down overnight. They typically deteriorate over years or even decades. By the time you are at the point of wanting to end your marriage, you want the divorce process to go as quickly as possible. Fortunately, the state of Illinois has created a streamlined way of getting a divorce, though only some couples qualify. This type of divorce process is called a joint simplified dissolution and it can be greatly beneficial for couples who utilize it.

Qualifying Criteria

Before you file for a joint simplified dissolution, you must make sure you meet the criteria set forth in section 452 of Part IV-A of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. You must prove that all of the following conditions exist before you can file for a joint simplified dissolution:

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New Lenox divorce lawyer financial issues

In the Chicago area, the cost of divorce can run from about $3,500, if there are no children and no disagreements over assets, debts, and money, to over $30,000 if there are these and other types of conflicts. The more you fight, the more you go to court, the higher the cost.

At the Divorce and Family Law Offices of Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we know divorce and family law inside and out. Every single day, our attorneys work with and help clients such as yourself. In every case, we aim high, and our first and primary objective is to attempt to reach an agreement on every issue.

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Mokena divorce attorney stay at home parentAs recently as 30 years ago, it was not uncommon for one parent to work while the other parent stayed at home. While this arrangement may be less common today, there are still many cases in which a parent remains in the home to raise a couple’s children. Typically, the stay-at-home parent was the mother, but in recent years, stay-at-home fathers have become more prevalent. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of stay-at-home fathers has nearly doubled since 1989. Traditionally, stay-at-home mothers were the spouses that had to worry about finances and income when they got a divorce, which is why many states’ alimony laws seem to be biased toward women. However, either spouse is eligible to be considered the receiving party in divorce cases in which spousal support is awarded. 

Divorce is stressful, but it can become even more stressful when you are a stay-at-home parent. Here are a few tips that can help you ensure you get what you deserve in your divorce:

Consider Hiring an Accountant

One of the issues that many stay-at-home parents face is not knowing much about their family’s finances or not having access to the finances at all. One way you can combat that issue is by hiring an experienced attorney and accountant who can help you make sense of your financial situation. You are entitled to an equitable share of your marital property, and an accountant can help you figure out what exactly that entails. Even if you and your spouse have an accountant that you have used for years, hiring your own accountant can help you ensure that your interests are being taken care of.

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