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Special issues may apply during gray divorces

Special issues may apply during gray divorces On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, January 31, 2019. The topic of gray divorce may or may not be familiar to readers of this Springfield family law blog. It refers to divorces that occur between individuals who are older, generally in their 50’s or older. Often gray divorce brings long-term marriages to their end and often does not involve matters related to custody or child support. To such ends, gray divorces often revolve around happiness, money and making the most of the parties’ futures. While other age

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Child support may be applied to many expenses and costs

Child support may be applied to many expenses and costs On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The cost of raising a child can be staggering. Even if a parent could only provide their child with the basic necessities the youth needed to survive, they would still need to put a roof over the child’s head, keep clothing on their back and fill their plate with food multiple times each day. However, parents in Illinois do so much more for their kids than the bare minimums and all of those costs

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Claims of domestic violence may affect custody rights

Claims of domestic violence may affect custody rights On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Thursday, December 6, 2018. There are a number of factors that Illinois courts can consider when they assess the best interests of children in child custody cases. Issues that are specific to kids, like their health and attachments to their parents, can be relevant to custody matters. Additionally, factors specifically related to the actions of the parents can come into play when courts have to decide where children should live and regarding whom should be able to make decisions for

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How you may be able to claim benefits on an ex-spouse’s Social Security record

How you may be able to claim benefits on an ex-spouse’s Social Security record On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Friday, April 22, 2016. When a couple decides to divorce, money is often a, if not the, major concern. When coming to an agreement about the division of marital assets, divorcing spouses must not only take into account their current, but also future financial needs. For individuals who are in their 50s or early 60s, it’s important to have enough money to retire and live out one’s retirement years comfortably. In addition to splitting marital

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Tech time may influence parenting time and a child’s behavior

Tech time may influence parenting time and a child’s behavior On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, June 9, 2017. Divorce can be difficult on the divorcing couple as well as the children. While parents in Illinois and elsewhere might fight tooth and nail to obtain the child custody arrangement they desire most, at the end of the day, it is important that these agreements meet the best interests of the child. Even if on paper the arrangement is conducive for the child, it is all dependent on what a parent does with their

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Children may benefit from shared child custody arrangements

Children may benefit from shared child custody arrangements On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, September 8, 2017. A two parent, one-household dynamic used to be the standard family unit in decades past. However, since nearly half of all marriages end in divorce, the reality is that these days some parents must carry on their parental roles separate from the other parent. Even when parents make their best attempts to keep a family a unit, it is sometimes best to end a marriage for everyone involved. Thus, parents in Illinois and elsewhere need to

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Parents may adopt through Illinois ‘Baby Safe Haven’ law

Parents may adopt through Illinois ‘Baby Safe Haven’ law On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in family law on Friday, April 21, 2017. In Illinois, April is designated as “Save Abandoned Babies Month.” Sometimes, infants are born to mothers and fathers who simply are unable for very personal reasons to care for them. Sometimes these situations have caused parents to put their infant’s life in danger in an act of desperation. However, an Illinois statute that addresses that issue is seeing successful results. Parents in Illinois may be able to adopt a child through the “Baby Safe Haven”

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Divorce: marriage may be romantic, but prenups are practical

Divorce: marriage may be romantic, but prenups are practical On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Thursday, April 6, 2017. While “love” is one of the first words a person in Springfield associates with the word “marriage,” in fact there are many practical aspects of marriage that should not get lost in the haze of romance. Therefore, some couples find that it can help to have a prenuptial agreement (prenup) in place. There are a number of good reasons to create a prenup. If it is a person’s second marriage, and that person has children from

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Collaborative divorce may be considered as an alternative

Collaborative divorce may be considered as an alternative On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Monday, November 21, 2016. Ending marriages is not something many Illinois couples go through more than once or twice in their lifetimes. Many believe what they have heard about divorce and the trauma of litigation. However, there are alternative options, and couples who decide to divorce while they are still communicating may find that they can avoid going to court. Spouses who can sit down and talk through contentious issues may reach agreements that will be less costly and less stressful,

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Gray divorce may be complicated by mental health issues

Gray divorce may be complicated by mental health issues On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. America’s largest generation is reaching old age. It has long been predicted that baby boomer retirement would dramatically affect the state of the American workforce. But other, less-anticipated problems are also emerging, including the increasing rates of “gray divorce” and high rates of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Although most stories about gray divorce involve spouses who are still mentally competent to make decisions on their own behalf, an increasing number of late-life divorce cases

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Claims of paternity may be challenged

Claims of paternity may be challenged On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Establishing paternity is an important part of solidifying the relationship between an Illinois father and his child. As previously discussed on this blog, one way paternity can be proven is through DNA testing that compares the genetic material of a man to that of his purported child. Paternity testing happens after a child is born to either give a father rights or to require a father to pay child support. However, not every claim of paternity that is

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