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Relocating following your divorce

65125308_S.jpgWhile a divorce can certainly introduce a lot of uncertainty into your situation, one inevitability you can count is your life continuing on. That may include new personal or professional opportunities that may prompt you to relocate. This can cause pose quite a challenge to your current custodial situation. You moving away from Bloomington will impact every member of your family, from your ex-spouse potentially needing to change their expectations in terms of custody and visitation to your kids having to re-establish themselves in new neighborhoods and schools. Such complexities cause many to come to us here at the Stange Law Firm questioning what is needed to keep their relocations from becoming family catastrophes. 

The first thing you need to understand are your legal requirements. Per Illinois' Compiled Statutes, the state considers "relocation" to be any of the following: 

  • Moving a child to a new residence that is more than 25 miles away from their current home
  • Moving a child to a new county that is more than 50 miles away from their current residence 
  • Moving a child to a new state that is more than 25 miles away from their current residence 

Dealing with your mortgage in a divorce

108804284_S.jpgIf you and your spouse in Illinois are contemplating a divorce and you own a home together, you are likely wanting to know how to best deal with the house. If you have young children, you may well feel a strong emotional pull to keep the house so the kids do not have to move. You might want to do this whether you stay in the house with the kids or whether your spouse stays there with the kids and you move somewhere else.

Despite the understandable desire to keep a home, it may not be the right financial decision and certainly is one that requires care to avoid potentially serious financial consequences. If you end up leaving the home, you will want to ensure you are not financially liable for it, unless that is part of your overall divorce settlement. As explained by Bankrate, even if your divorce decree stipulates that your spouse must make the mortgage payments, if your name remains on the loan, you can still be held responsible for this debt.

The importance of dads in children's lives

38167587_S.jpgDespite shifts in people's attitudes and changes in societal awareness, many men in Illinois may remain very concerned about their ability to stay connected to their children during and after a divorce. The role of fathers in children's lives is essential and it is important that a parenting plan or custody agreement take this into account for the good of the kids.

As explained by Fatherly, a leading digital brand for dads, there is an increasing amount of scientific exploration happening into the impact on children of having fathers actively involved in their lives. A dad does not need to be married to a child's mother for the child to gain benefits from his participation in their life. Kids with involved dads have a reduced risk of aggressive behavior, experiencsing psychological problems, engaging in risky sex, struggling with obesity and even of becoming homeless.

Renowned model agrees to child support obligation

40164835_S.jpgMost in Bloomington may recognize the need for divorced parents to pay child support in order to ensure that their kids are well-cared for. Yet the amount that is actually needed may often become a hot topic for debate. Many may think that all that should be required in child support is what is needed to meet a kid's basic needs (e.g., food, clothing, shelter, health care). they often may base that number of what their individual frames of references are. For this reason, news of the large amounts that divorcing celebrities are ordered to pay on child support often seem astonishing. 

Take the recent case of popular male model Jeremy Meeks. As part of his recent divorce settlement, he agreed to pay his ex-wife $1,000 per month in child support. While at first that may not seem to be such an exorbitant an amount, perceptions may change when one learns that the couple shares only one child together. Child support is typically not the sole obligation of one parent, either. Most state calculation formulas require each parent to contribute a portion of the ordered obligation equal to the percentage they contribute to the family's income. Thus, Meeks' ex-wife may likely also be paying her portion. 

Will you be awarded alimony?

44098653_S.jpgAs you prepare for you divorce proceedings in Bloomington, one thing you may be hearing from multiple sources is how (if your ex-spouse was the primary income earner in your home) you will be entitled to alimony. This assumption is likely due to many perceiving alimony to be some form of punishment that is inflicted on one side of a divorce case. In reality, however, alimony is only meant to be a temporary source of assistance, and this is only if the court deems it is even needed. 

So how are you to know if alimony will even be considered in your case? Section 5.504 of Illinois' Compiled Statutes says that the court considers the following factors when determining whether to award alimony: 

  • Yours and your ex-spouse's income, assets (including those apportioned to each of you in the divorce) and any liabilities your divorce settlement has left either of you with
  • Each of your individual needs
  • The realistic and present earning capacity of each you (as well as any impairments or obligations that might impair either of you from securing gainful employment)
  • The duration of your marriage and the standard of living you achieved while still together
  • Any sort of public or private assistance (including disability and retirement) either of you may qualify for
  • Any sacrifices or contributions you made to your ex-spouse in helping to support their career

Charges await man who fled due to unpaid child support

58238255_S.jpgGiven the deep love that most parents in Bloomington likely have for their children, the willingness to pay child support may never be an issue. The ability to, however, may be a different story. Oftentimes, one circumstances can change from those the enjoyed when their child support obligations were first determined. Yet unforeseen obstacles such as the loss of a job, a reduction in working hours or other financial considerations may ultimately make meeting one's child support obligation virtually impossible. When such a scenario arises, however, some might fear petitioning the court to have their payments reduced for fear of being viewed as not wanting to support their kids. 

One obligated to pay child support should not, however, accrue a series of arrears by letting payments lapse thinking that they will repay them later. Such action can leave one facing consequences similar to those that an Ohio man is being forced to deal with. Local authorities were trying to serve him with a warrant for unpaid child support, yet a panicked and took off, leading police on a pursuit that ultimately ended in his arrest. He now faces several other charges on top of those stemming from his unpaid child support. 

How is child support determined in Illinois?

37314719_S (2).jpgWhen you choose to seek a divorce from your spouse in Bloomington, one of the first important points to enter your mind will likely by how you will support your children. The deterioration of your relationship with your spouse has little bearing on your feelings towards your children, so your willingness to continue to provide for them is likely not an issue. Having said that, you also do not want to be left having to bear the entire burden of doing so if it is not necessary. This speculation all leads to one simple question: how does the state determine child support? 

A general overview of the process is provided in Section 5-505 of Illinois' Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. According to this law, child support determinations are made as follows: 

  • Yours and your ex-spouse's monthly net income is determined
  • Those two amounts are combined to determine a total monthly household income
  • An appropriate amount is selected from the state's schedule of basic child support obligations based on the number of children you share and your total monthly household income
  • Your share of that amount is determined based on your contribution to the total monthly household income

False claims of family violence

68711027_S.jpgThere are many different fathers' rights topics that may need to be taken into consideration by someone who is going through the end of their marriage. Not only do concerns related to the financial side of divorce often arise, such as alimony payments and calculating child support, but there are many other facets of family law that can be particularly difficult for some fathers. For example, a bitter custody dispute over kids may surface and during this battle, a father's former partner may falsely accuse them of family violence, which could shatter their life in more than one way.

Family violence allegations can trigger a ripple effect of hardships in a father's life, and these difficulties may be even more pronounced for someone who is trying to adjust to daily life in the wake of a recent divorce. They may be criticized by friends and family members for allegations that are completely untrue and they could even face problems related to their career. Restraining orders and being unable to spend time with kids are some other concerns for many fathers. Unfortunately, some people falsely accuse their child's other parent of family violence because they want to win a custody battle. Or, in some instances, a father may be falsely accused of family violence by a bitter ex who wants revenge.

Changes to terminology regarding child custody

97054168_S.jpgIf you are a parent seeking to divorce your spouse, you may wonder about child custody arrangements. However, both the term and the concept are a little outdated. Rather than using the term "child custody," Illinois courts now refer to the allocation of parental responsibilities. We at Stange Law Firm believe the change is beneficial because even if communication is problematic between two parents, the new rule involves both parents in their child's life rather than determining custody and arranging for visitation. 

Allocation of parental responsibilities involves the creation of a parenting agreement or plan. According to FindLaw, in most cases, parents and their attorneys are able to negotiate a parenting plan themselves. In such instances, rather than litigating the matter, the attorneys can then simply submit the plan to the court for approval. 

Reviewing Illinois' paternity laws

68553932_S.jpgThe moment that you learn you are going to be a father can be quite shocking, particularly if you are not married to the child's mother. Many men from Bloomington come to us here at the Stange Law Firm in this scenario with the same sentiments. Some may be excited at the prospect, others may question the validity of such claims, and others might feel conflicted. Whichever of those groups you happen to fall into, it is important that you understand the local laws regarding men in your position.

Interestingly, a DNA test alone is often not considered to be sufficient evidence to establish paternity. Instead, the state has established guidelines that presume paternity. Per Section 46/204 of the Illinois Parentage Act, you are presumed to be the father of a child in any of the following scenarios: 

  • The child was born while you and their mother were married, or were in a civil union (or similar legal relationship)
  • The child was born within 300 days of the end of your marriage, civil union (or similar relationship) with their mother
  • You entered into a legal relationship with the child's mother (that was later declared invalid) within 300 days prior to their birth
  • Your marry or enter into a civil union (or similar legal relationship) after the child is born and you consent to have your name listed as a parent on their birth certificate

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