Naperville Divorce Law Blog

How do you know mediation is the right approach for divorce?

The decision to end a marriage almost always comes after a stressful period of soul-searching, and the thought of going through a difficult and lengthy divorce process may seem overwhelming.

Mediation is an alternative to traditional divorce that has gained popularity. It has its advantages, but how do you know it is the right solution for you?

Illinois has a new pet-friendly law associated with divorce

When divorce is in the offing, the family break-up is difficult for everyone, including your pets. Just as divorce upsets a child’s normal routine, the same can be true for domestic animals who are largely creatures of habit. So what happens to Fido after the split?

A new Illinois law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018, seeks to take a pet’s well-being into consideration where custody matters are concerned.

Find out how your divorce is affecting the children

When the family unit breaks apart, everyone reacts differently. You are likely most concerned about the effect of divorce on your children, but kids are not always easy to read.

Depending on their ages and emotional makeup, some children may be understanding to the extent possible, while others may struggle with acceptance of the new status quo. Here are six situations that should raise red flags.

Key factors about divorce mediation

When a marriage comes to an end, two parties must once again become one. To aid in this sometimes complex process, divorce mediation may be a viable option to consider.

If you are thinking about divorce, it is important you understand the process so you may approach it properly and reach the best result. There are a few key factors you should know and understand in regards to divorce mediation.

Mediation can help reduce the impact of divorce on children

When you make the decision to end your marriage, many people will feel the impact, especially your children. No matter how distressed, angry or downright shattered you and your spouse may be about the divorce itself, your first priority must be the welfare of your kids and how they will deal with the family breakup going forward.

You might view mediation as the first of many steps you can take to help reduce the impact of divorce on your children.

Fair or not, women shoulder the burden of 'gray divorce'

Over the past 25 years, the divorce rate has dropped among every demographic except one - married couples over 50. Since 1990, divorce has not only become more common among this group, but the divorce rate for people approaching or in their retirement years has roughly doubled.

The media call this phenomenon "gray divorce," a title that dramatically underemphasizes what people actually feel when facing the prospect of suddenly being divorced after decades of marriage.

Resetting your marriage with a postnuptial agreement

Sometimes a marriage needs freshening up. Sometimes you need to put new guidelines in place. While a prenuptial agreement goes into effect prior to a wedding, the postnuptial agreement becomes a reality at some point after a couple marries.

Creating a postnuptial agreement is like pushing the reset button on your marriage. It can address everything from the handling of your finances in the event of divorce to who should be responsible for taking out the trash.

A Look At the New Illinois 'Income Shares' Child Support Model

Illinois family courts are using a new "income shares" formula to determine the amount of child support a noncustodial parent pays to a custodial parent. Under the new law, which went into effect July 1, both parents' incomes will be considered when calculating the amount of child support a noncustodial parent pays to a custodial parent.

Previously, child support in Illinois was calculated by taking the paying parent's net income (gross income minus taxes and other deductions) and applying a certain percentage based on the number of minor children. For example, a noncustodial parent with one minor child would pay 20 percent of net income in child support; a noncustodial parent with two minor children would pay 28 percent of net income.

Do you need to modify your child custody agreement?

You and your ex-spouse may have been doing very well with the child custody agreement that has been in place since your divorce. But life throws curve balls every so often, and a circumstance may have developed that necessitates a change in your agreement.

You may be uncertain about the modification process, dreading the thought of going before a judge. An experienced family law attorney can help you through it. The modification procedure is not as onerous as you might imagine.

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