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Many adults experience mental illness during their lifetime. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in any given year. While mental illness can be naturally occurring, it can also be triggered by major events in your life, such as divorce. While a mental illness will not typically factor into divorce decisions, it can be an issue to address when making decisions related to children, namely, decisions about parenting time or decision-making responsibilities.

Elements to Consider When Making Child-Related Decisions

Any child-related issue that must be settled during a divorce is made in the child’s best interests. If the parents disagree on what is in the child’s best interests, then a judge will have to intervene and make decisions about the allocation of parenting time and parental responsibilities for the parents. When making these decisions, the judge will look at various factors, including:

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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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Hinsdale family law attorney joint simplified dissolution

The most common type of divorce in Illinois is the typical, formal dissolution of marriage. This can be completed in various ways, including through the use of mediation, collaborative law, or litigation. All of these procedures can be used to reach the same end result, though how a couple gets there can vary wildly from case to case. In some cases, divorce can take months or even years, and spouses may wish to avoid a long, drawn-out process and do everything they can to complete the process quickly and effectively. One option that is available to a select group of married individuals in Illinois is called the Joint Simplified Dissolution. A simplified dissolution allows couples to keep costs down and spend much less time finalizing the divorce. However, this option is not available to everyone.

Important Considerations Before You Start

Before you can decide to get a joint simplified dissolution, you must first understand that it only applies to specific types of cases. There are limits on how long you were married, how much property you own, and you and your spouse’s income. Additionally, there are a few key things to keep in mind if you are considering a joint simplified dissolution:

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Oak Brook marital property division attorney

Most of the decisions you make during your divorce can and probably will affect you for the rest of your life, but one of the most important decisions you and your spouse must come to is how you will divide your marital estate. For many couples, this can be an emotional and highly contentious process because of the importance placed on their belongings and the need to have financial security after the divorce process has been completed. The way marital property is divided can affect a person’s financial stability or even their ability to retire later in life. With so much at stake, Illinois courts urge couples to try to come to an agreement on their own about property division, though, if they cannot, they will have to take the issue to court.

Factors for Consideration

If a couple is unable to reach an agreement about how their marital estate will be divided, they will have to appear before a judge so that he or she can make a determination for them. If this happens, the judge will only make decisions about marital property, or any property that was acquired after the couple was legally married but before a judgment of legal separation was entered. The judge will consider a variety of factors, including:

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Oak Brook divorce lawyers

In today’s world, most married couples rely on two incomes to live comfortably. Getting a divorce means you are no longer using two incomes to pay bills, as you will have to make ends meet with your paycheck alone. For some, this may not be a big deal, but for others, it can make supporting themselves very difficult. This is where spousal maintenance comes in. 

Also known as spousal support or alimony, spousal maintenance is ordered by a judge and is typically used to allow both spouses to continue the same quality of life they had when they were married.

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