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Is your spouse committing financial fraud?

As you begin thinking about the possibility of an Illinois divorce, you likely have many things to worry about: custody and visitation of your children; spousal support; and equitable division of your marital property. And underneath all this, you may have the uneasy feeling that your spouse may be attempting to hide assets from you.

Is Illinois a common law marriage state?

If you and your significant other are living together in Illinois, you likely feel just as married as your friends who had wedding ceremonies. In fact, many of your friends may think the two of you really are married, especially if you have lived together for a long time and/or have children together.

Gray divorce is on the rise

Many people believe that once their marriage has survived 15 to 20 years, they will surely keep the vows, ‘till death do us part.’ Although the theory that those who are married longer have a lower chance of divorce still holds some truth, the number of people over the age of 50 that file for divorce in Illinois and across the United States is rising. According to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, 2.8 percent of people over the age of 50 were divorced 50 years ago. That number increased to 11.8 percent in 2000 and is still on the rise.

What is the acceptance of benefits doctrine?

If you and your spouse are getting an Illinois divorce, you likely never heard of the acceptance of benefits doctrine. As you come to a property settlement agreement, however, you should familiarize yourself with this doctrine because it could impact your ability to modify your property division in the future.

What is considered marital property?

If you have filed for divorce or are considering terminating your marriage, you may be overwhelmed at the idea of dividing all of your property. Illinois is an equitable distribution of property state, meaning that all marital property and assets are divided based on what is deemed fair and equitable. Marital or community property involves everything that you amassed throughout your marriage. While it may seem like a lot, there are even more items that you may have overlooked when picking out marital property.

Will you have to pay manimony when you divorce?

If you are an Illinois woman contemplating divorce, you may have heard that alimony is not what it used to be. Traditionally, husbands paid alimony to their ex-wives because the income disparity between them was so great. Today, however, many women earn as much as, if not more than, their husbands. If you are one of them, you should know that it is not uncommon for divorce judges to award alimony to both men and women. That is why these payments now go by the name of spousal support instead of alimony.

When can you request a post-divorce modification or appeal?

As someone who is getting a divorce in Illinois, it's important to know what you can or can't change after your divorce has been made final. Fortunately, there are still some adjustments you may be able to make no matter what stage in the divorce process you're at.

Family law basics

Families are the building block of society, so a category of law pertaining to that foundation makes sense, but what does family law cover? Some Illinois kids might hope they can get out of daily chores by invoking an ordinance against child labor, but family law is about so much more.

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