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An argument in favor of divorce

When Illinois parents are faced with the possibility of divorce, the first thing they often think about is how the decision will impact their children. As a result, some couples choose to stay married and continue to raise their children together in one household. Of course, the best interests of the child or children involved should always be top priority for parents as they approach issues like divorce. That is why some are voicing support for the decision to divorce over staying in an unsatisfying marriage.

Retirement accounts and property division considerations

Many Illinois residents rely on their retirement savings to serve as a primary source of income once they stop working. Retirement accounts are generally subject to property division proceedings in divorce, which means that they can be valuated and distributed with other marital assets. Understanding how various types of retirement accounts are identified and divided under the law can go a long way to help ensure that people’s long-term savings are protected after divorce.

Can failing to pay child support be a federal offense?

No matter if you and your child’s other parent were previously married or not, you are both legally obligated to financially support your child. Illinois State and federal laws mandate child support obligations, and institute a number of measures for enforcing such guidelines. Despite the fact that your child support decree may have been established in Illinois, there are instances when failing to make mandatory child support payments falls under federal guidelines and jurisdiction. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the circumstances under which you or your child’s other parent’s failure to pay child support could be considered a federal offense.

Advantages and disadvantages of fault divorce

Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you and/or your spouse can end your union without proving that any wrongdoing occurred in your marriage. No-fault divorce is the simpler and less acrimonious option in many cases, but it is not always the most appropriate choice. Understanding when and how establishing fault affects divorce proceedings can help you decide if it is the right option in your specific case.

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