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Your Guide to Springfield, IL Divorce Mediation

When most people imagine divorce, they picture intense court battles and emotional negotiations. Divorce litigation has the reputation it does for good reason; it is a difficult process for anyone. It is also very expensive to litigate a divorce. Leaving the final decision concerning the terms of your divorce in the hands of a judge can leave you feeling powerless about the end of your marriage. You do not need to finalize your divorce through a lengthy, stressful, and expensive court battle. Divorce mediation offers you and your spouse the chance to negotiate your divorce privately in a neutral, informal

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How Can I Lose My Alimony in Springfield, IL?

When a married couple decides to divorce, finances are one of the most common areas of contention. In some divorce cases, one spouse is in a much better individual financial position than the other. In these cases, the court may order alimony or spousal support to be paid to the lower-earning spouse so they can become self-sufficient following their divorce. Alimony or spousal support comes into play in many Springfield, IL divorce cases. Many people who get divorced rely on this income, especially those who gave up working when they got married or left previous jobs to care for children

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Do I Qualify to Receive Alimony in Springfield?

Many divorcing couples start their newly single lives in very different financial situations. While the divorce laws of Illinois generally strive for equitable division, it’s possible for some divorced spouses to receive financial support to adjust to their new lifestyles after divorce. It’s also possible for alimony or spousal support arrangements to be approved by a judge depending on several different criteria, and some of these arrangements may go into effect during divorce proceedings before a divorce decree is finalized. If you are expecting to divorce in Springfield, IL and you and your spouse have very different individual financial situations,

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What Happens to the Family Home After Divorce in Springfield, IL?

When a couple with children divorces, one of the most common points of contention in the divorce proceedings is who will get the family home. In most divorces, the divorcing couple’s most valuable piece of property is the marital home, and they can approach property division of this property through many avenues. Unless there is documented proof that one spouse has actual ownership of the house as separate individual property, a divorce negotiation will likely include lots of discussion about dividing the marital home as property subject to division in divorce. If you are planning to divorce in Springfield, IL

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Changes to child support in Illinois coming July 1

Changes to child support in Illinois coming July 1 On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. While it may take a village to raise a child, the more practical matter is that it takes money to raise a child. Children need love, of course, but they are dependent on their parents to provide them with the food, clothing, shelter, schooling, health care and all other aspects of a well-rounded childhood. Therefore, if a child’s parents are no longer in a relationship with one another, the noncustodial parent will usually be ordered

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What financial documents should you gather when facing a divorce?

What financial documents should you gather when facing a divorce? On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, June 19, 2020. Money is often one of the most contentious factors that Illinois couples have to discuss when they sit down at the table to negotiate a settlement in their divorce. Because of this, you must do your best to gather critical legal and financial information the minute you sense that your marriage is crumbling. You’ll be relieved that you did once you finally settle your divorce. Research compiled by Debt.org shows that as much as 50%

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Raising a child when unmarried? Establish paternity early on

Raising a child when unmarried? Establish paternity early on On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in military family law on Monday, June 1, 2020. You and your partner never wanted to get married, because neither of you believes in the institution of marriage. That’s fair enough, but now that you have a child on the way, it could make the situation a little more complex. Throughout this process, you’ve both been talking about whether you want to stay together or not. Your partner had been talking about separation before she got pregnant due to your regular deployments, and

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Tips for co-parenting through the teen years

Tips for co-parenting through the teen years On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, June 1, 2020. The teen years are challenging for all parents. This is the time when kids start spending less time with their families and test their boundaries. For divorced parents, raising a teen across two households can be particularly difficult. One psychologist recommends that divorced parents focus on three things to help them successfully co-parent their teen: Friends, family and flexibility. Friends: When kids enter high school and get into new groups and extracurricular activities, they’ll make new friends.

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Assistance with all family law matters, big or small

Assistance with all family law matters, big or small On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, May 22, 2020. Individuals who have matters that must be handled in family court will often need assistance with determining what options are available and where to start. We’re here to help you with a full range of family law issues. We know that these matters are usually very emotional and that they can be complex. We’re here to assist our clients with matters that can impact every aspect of their life including: Divorce whether contested or uncontested

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Expect these losses when your marriage ends

Expect these losses when your marriage ends On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, May 8, 2020. The end of a marriage comes with some major life changes. Some people think that this is going to be a time of joy, but they soon find that they are dealing with some losses they didn’t expect. Knowing what you might have to deal with ahead of time may help you come up with solutions for them. Even though you and your ex don’t get along, you’re still losing a person who you shared things with for

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Spousal support may be terminated in different ways

Spousal support may be terminated in different ways On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, October 25, 2018. Not all spousal support orders are intended to last indefinitely. While it is true that in some cases an Illinois couple may end a long-term divorce and the support-receiving party may not have any chance of re-entering the workforce, for many divorcing parties there is some way for the recipient spouses to find ways to support themselves. Therefore, the type of spousal support that a court orders will have a lot to do with when that order

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