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How does equitable distribution work?

One of the major questions divorcing couples in Illinois face is how a judge will divide up the assets owned by the two spouses. Without a prenuptial agreement in place, a judge will have to determine how to distribute the assets in a legal proceeding. Illinois, like a vast majority of the United States, follows a set of rules known as equitable distribution to guide how assets are divided in divorce cases.

What rights do Illinois grandparents have?

Grandparents’ rights have a complex history in Illinois, and related laws have undergone many changes over time. Nowadays, however, you may, as an Illinois grandparent, lawfully seek visitation through filing a lawsuit in the state, but there are particular things you must demonstrate in order for the courts to consider granting it to you.

Methods your spouse may use to conceal property

If you believe you and your husband or wife are heading for an Illinois divorce, you may no longer have the same level of trust in your partner you once did. You may suspect that your spouse is beginning to stockpile assets ahead of divorce proceedings, and if your spouse is like many others across America, your suspicions may have merit. At the Law Office of Kerley & Associates, we have a comprehensive understanding of the tactics spouses often rely on to hide assets from one another, and we have represented many clients wanting to ensure they receive their fair share in divorce.

Can an Illinois child support order be changed?

An Illinois court order requiring a parent to pay monthly child support can seem like an additional expense beyond one’s ability to cover. If this describes the situation of you or someone you know, you be wondering whether you petition the court for a modification of your support obligation. A modification to a child support order in Illinois depends, among other things, whether there has been a change in circumstances that a court would consider substantial.

How do prenuptial agreements work in Illinois?

A prenuptial agreement is entered into by persons before they are married with respect to their rights and obligations during marriage. Generally, the agreement, which is the same as a contract, deals with the use and disposition of property during the marriage, at the end of a marriage, and in the event a spouse dies. Premarital agreements are often sought where one or both parties have substantial wealth and assets independent of their prospective spouse or where the parties have been previously married with children who may lay claim to the property of one or other. In other words, prenuptial agreements are a way for parties to decide in advance that they do not want the default state rules to govern their property and rights in the event of divorce or death. In Illinois, prenuptial agreements are valid so long as they comply with certain statutory requirements.

Is joint custody right for you?

As a parent in Illinois who's currently going through a divorce, there are likely many things on your mind regarding child custody. Who will be the primary custodial guardian? How will you divide the visitation schedule? Joint custody is also a potential option for you to look into, if your situation supports it.

How do I divide my artwork during divorce?

If you are an artist going through a divorce in Illinois, you may be concerned about what will happen to your artwork. Whether you are a composer, painter, sculptor or work with any other medium, assigning value and determining cost can make this one of the trickiest aspect of your case. We at the Law office of Kerley and Associates have experience helping clients divide many forms of property and can help you with the difficult task of dividing your artwork.

What unforeseen divorce hurdles may await you?

As a Springfield couple who has decided to go through with a divorce, you may think you've covered everything you need to know to be prepared for the financial, emotional and mental hardships that a divorce can bring on. At the law office of Kerley & Associates, we can provide you information on lesser known divorce hurdles as well, allowing for a truly rounded understanding of the difficulties you might face.

Illinois overhauls divorce laws

Legislation approved last year has brought changes to the rules governing divorce in Illinois. According to the Chicago Tribune, these are the first major changes to divorce laws since 1977, and they are sweeping changes that cover not only grounds for filing but also parenting time and child support payments. The new law also uses the term “spouse” so it is clear that all marriages are covered the same under the law.

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