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The many challenges of the divorce process

On the surface, divorce is nothing more than a process that allows you to put your marriage in the past.

While this is the most basic way of looking at divorce, there are many challenges that will move to the forefront as the days go by. If you're not ready for these, there's a chance you could make a mistake that costs you time and money, while also increasing your level of anxiety.

There are many reasons to opt for a prenuptial agreement

When you find that special someone and begin to plan your wedding, you'll have many details to work through.

At some point, the idea of a prenuptial agreement may enter your mind. This will lead you to learn more, which could result in asking your soon-to-be spouse for his or her thoughts on the subject.

These tips are a must when talking about divorce with a child

Deciding to move forward with divorce is a big decision that will change your life in many ways. While you need to focus on your personal well-being, you also have to take into consideration the impact it will have on your child or children.

If you neglect to think about this upfront, it could cause your child more harm in the near future.

How can I prevent my child from being taken abroad?

It's the right of every child to be able to spend equal time with both of their parents. Oftentimes, though, when parents fear that their visitation with their child may be limited or custody altogether withdrawn from them, it may lead them to want to take drastic measures to ensure that this doesn't occur.

This is unfortunately what leads many parents to either illegally travel outside of the state with their child or to even abduct them internationally.

Divorce and social media: Be careful what you post on Facebook

Every time you log into Facebook, you should, theoretically, imagine a police officer putting handcuffs on you while reading out your Miranda rights. Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law.

The fact is, the information, pictures and statements you share on Facebook can be used in court to convict you of crimes. They can also be used in family law court by your soon-to-be ex to gain the upper hand in your divorce proceedings.

Do you understand the primary goals of divorce mediation?

It's difficult enough to go through the divorce process. If you do so without really knowing your legal rights and what to expect, it's easy to make a mistake that costs you both time and money.

Even though many people find divorce mediation preferential to litigation, you still need to understand the goals associated with this approach. These typically include the following:

  • To create an equitable and mutually acceptable agreement
  • To eliminate the high costs of litigation
  • To reduce the amount of time it takes to finalize a divorce agreement
  • To minimize hostility toward one another, which is very important if you will be co-parenting

Spousal maintenance: How does the court calculate it?

When going through the divorce process, you may have some questions about spousal maintenance. While there is no guarantee this will come into play, there's a chance that it could be a sticking point as the process moves forward.

Unlike child support, family law judges have quite a bit of discretion when making final decisions on spousal maintenance. Although every situation is different, here are some of the factors that often come into play:

  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The length of the marriage (the longer the marriage the greater chance there is of one person paying spousal maintenance)
  • The health of each individual
  • The age of each individual
  • The earning power and current income of each individual

Do you know the steps to financially prepare for divorce?

With so many details associated with a divorce, it's only natural to feel overwhelmed. You may even feel like you've lost control and have no idea of what you should and shouldn't be doing. This is never a good feeling, but it's 100 percent natural.

There are many steps you can take to financially prepare for divorce, which is something you need to think about upfront. Consider the following:

  • Gather all your financial records, including but not limited to bank statements, retirement account statements, investment accounts and real estate information
  • Make a list of all your assets and debts, such as through the use of a property division checklist
  • Monitor your credit report to learn more about where things stand right now in regards to your credit
  • Open your own accounts, as you no longer want to use those that were once shared with your spouse
  • Understand your expenses, including the ones that you need to eliminate as quickly as possible (as to ease your financial stress)
  • Get the help you need, such as by consulting with a tax professional or financial analyst

Basic tips for protecting your finances in divorce

When you think about divorce, you may immediately turn your attention to the wellbeing of your children or the fact that you'll be living the single life once again.

While there's a lot to consider, you need to remember one thing: You must do whatever it takes to protect your finances.

What does a property division checklist look like?

It can be a challenge to ask your spouse for a divorce. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning of the process.

Once you are both on the same page, you then need to turn your attention to a variety of family law issues, such as those associated with property division, child custody, child support and alimony.

When you are ready to discuss your legal issue with an experienced Illinois lawyer, we will be here for you.

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