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Oak Brook divorce attorneyEach year, when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, people around the world celebrate the ending of the year and welcome the new year in. One of the most popular traditions that is observed for New Year’s is making resolutions to improve yourself and your life. For some people, this may mean quitting smoking or eating healthier and exercising more. If you are going through or have recently finalized your divorce, there is no better way to start your new year than by making it a priority to be happier and healthier than ever before. Here are a few New Year’s resolutions that you can commit to after your Illinois divorce:

  1. Pick and Choose Your Battles

Fighting with your ex is exhausting. For many couples, divorce means constant arguments and opposition about nearly every aspect of the life they once shared. The divorce is probably not even the beginning of the fighting; you have most likely been arguing with your spouse about trivial things for years. This New Year, try to be more selective about your battles with your ex. If you feel an argument about to erupt, try to determine whether or not the fight is worth it. Chances are, things will be easier and you will be happier if you just refuse to fight.

  1. Make Your Children a Priority

Every parent wants what is best for their child, and this means making sure that they are put first in nearly every aspect of your life. Divorce is hard for everyone, but it can be especially difficult for your children, so in the new year, you can make an additional effort to meet their needs, spend time with them, discuss their feelings about the divorce, and remind them that you will always be there for them. Whatever you do, you should make sure your children know that they are your number one priority and that they are loved very much.

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Hinsdale fathers’ rights attorney for parenting time and child support30 or 40 years ago, a mother was typically granted full custody of her children if she and her husband got a divorce. The husband would usually be awarded visitation rights, and he may have been able to see his kids every other weekend or possibly a couple of days during the week. In today’s world, attitudes toward parenting have changed. Fathers are more likely to be given equal decision-making responsibility for children, and they have the right to parenting time. While this is usually true, many fathers still feel that they are not treated the same as mothers when it comes to the allocation of parenting time and parental responsibilities. In order to protect fathers’ rights, there are some specific issues that fathers should pay attention to when getting a divorce:

Parenting Rights

In the state of Illinois, the courts encourage divorcing parents to come to an agreement on parenting time and decision-making responsibilities on their own. This can be done through the parents themselves or with help from a mediator. If they are unable to come to an agreement, the court will make decisions for them based on what is in the child’s best interests. 

Both parents are legally entitled to have a reasonable amount of parenting time with their children. If a father played a significant role in raising and caring for children while married, he should be able to continue having this same relationship with them following divorce. The only way a court can restrict parenting time is if there is clear evidence that spending time with a parent would endanger the child’s physical, mental, emotional or moral well-being. 

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DuPage County child support lawyer

In the state of Illinois, child custody laws have changed over the past decade, and child support laws have been updated as well. For instance, Illinois no longer recognizes a “non-custodial” parent in a divorce. However, in many cases, the parent with less parental responsibility and parenting time with a child will be mandated to pay some form of child support. Below we will discuss how you and your attorney can work to ensure your child support agreement is accurately calculated and what steps you can take if you are not receiving your payments on time or in full. 

How Payments Are Calculated 

In 2017, the Illinois state legislature passed a new law that redefined the way in which child support payments are calculated. The new legislation is centered around an “income shares” model that uses the income of both parents to calculate the support owed, rather than the income of the higher-earning parent. According to this approach, courts determine the amount of child support parents are responsible for by using economic tables that take into account the combined income of the parents and the number of children involved. Each parent's child support obligation is based on the percentage of the combined income they earn.

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Oak Brook child support enforcement lawyer

In divorce cases, child support or spousal maintenance payments may be ordered. If you have been awarded spousal support or child support, chances are you need those payments in order to provide for your family’s needs. In some cases, a spouse may not be consistent in making support payments, or he or she may refuse to pay them altogether. Not only can this be frustrating, but it can also result in serious legal ramifications for the non-paying spouse. Both types of support orders are legal court orders, meaning a person can face harsh consequences if they are not followed. Illinois courts have various ways of enforcing support orders when this becomes necessary.

Failure of Support

The state of Illinois does everything in its power to ensure that those who are required to pay spousal support or child support do so. There are a couple of different ways a person can be held in contempt for failing to pay a support order, according to the Illinois Non-Support Punishment Act. A person may be found to be in contempt if they:

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Oak Brook child support attorney

Everyone knows that raising children can be expensive; the costs of food, clothing, toys, and a variety of other expenses can add up quickly. In fact, it is now estimated that the average cost of raising and supporting a child to age 18 is around $233,610, according to a 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study. While this may not seem like a lot when it is stretched out over 18 years, it can be difficult for one parent to pay for all of the costs of raising a child. This is why child support is typically ordered in cases in which parents are divorced or separated, ensuring that both parents are responsible for financially providing for a child’s needs.

Extra Costs of Raising a Child

In Illinois, a basic child support obligation is typically determined during a divorce case, and this is meant to account for all of the child’s basic needs, such as food, clothing, and housing. However, any parent knows that there are many more expenses involved in raising a child. That is why Illinois law also has provisions to account for other child-related expenses, such as:

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