Laws surrounding spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance, have recently undergone major changes when it comes to taxation. According to current Illinois law, recipients of spousal support no longer need to claim it as income, and payors may no longer deduct alimony on tax forms. Alimony is awarded to one spouse during or…

The timeline for finalizing a divorce in Illinois varies significantly. Factors that determine how quickly a divorce is settled include whether or not the divorce is uncontested or contested. Divorces that fall into the latter category take substantially longer to settle. What is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses agree on…

Most parents keep their child’s best interests at heart when making decisions, but divorce can make things more complicated. Divorcing dads understand that other things factor into a judge’s decision making when determining the custody of the child going forward. While you are fighting for joint custody, sole custody, or visitation of some other kind,…

After divorce, if one spouse makes significantly less money than the other, they are generally entitled to spousal support or maintenance. This type of maintenance is terminated once an ex-spouse remarries. The situation is less straightforward if an ex-spouse receiving maintenance cohabits with someone new. Read on to learn more…

When an ex has been ordered to pay child support, it usually means a judge has determined the individual has the financial resources to do so. However, court orders are sometimes disobeyed. Here’s what an Illinois parent can do if an ex fails to pay child support. What is the standard process for paying child…

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