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Seeking modification when you can't afford child support

As a parent, there are many things you can do to reduce expenses when it comes to your child. In months when money is tight, you can adjust your spending on unnecessary groceries or simply explain to the child that you cannot afford what he or she wants. It may even be a good lesson for the kids to have to delay gratification in order to pay for the necessities in life.

When you pay child support, on the other hand, there is no room for such adjustments. You pay the same amount every month, even if your budget says otherwise. From time to time, this may leave you with barely enough to cover your own expenses. You may wonder if there is a way to change the amount of support you pay for your child.

What factors do Illinois courts consider in custody cases?

As this blog has discussed previously, whenever an Illinois court is deciding how to allocate parental responsibilities, the paramount concern will be what is in the child's best interests.

In order to determine a child's best interests, a court will look to a number of factors which are prescribed under Illinois law.

How does a legal separation work in Illinois?

Some residents of Lake County, Illinois, may realize that they need to live separately from their spouses and want the necessary legal protection to be able to do so safely and securely. However, for religious, financial or emotional reasons, or some combination of these reasons, they may not prefer a full blown divorce.

As is the case with other states, Illinois law allows a couple to obtain a court order for legal separation. One can think of this process as a middle ground between spouses just agreeing informally to live apart and a traditional divorce, in which a couple's marriage ends in the eyes of the state.

Why is it important to establish paternity for your child?

The establishment of paternity puts into play the issues involving the rights and obligations of the parents/child(ren). Issues such as parenting time, decision-making, support of the child, and other child-related issues can be addressed after the establishment of paternity.

Child support and health care expenses

Parents in Lake County, Illinois, and other parts of the suburbs of Northern Chicago may know enough about how child support works in this state to recognize that it in many cases follows a formula.

In other words, while parents might quibble about the numbers that should go in to a child support calculation, once these numbers are settled, the amount a parent must pay, to a great extent, is what it is.

How to divide pensions in a divorce

Negotiating how to divide property in a high asset divorce can be a complicated matter. It is especially complex when it comes to dividing retirement assets.

Pensions, such as an IRA or a 401(k), are often some of the most significant assets you own. You start adding funds the day you begin working, so you can settle down after retirement.

Best interest of the child: know it, live it, (learn to) love it.

It is easy to lose sight of the big picture in the midst of a separation or divorce. Raw feelings of anger, disappointment, and sadness can leave men and women itching for a fight and taking every opportunity to talk about what a poor spouse their ex was during the course of their marriage. 

Sometimes these feelings and accusations find their way to child custody and parenting time negotiations, where parents feel entitled to a more favorable outcome based on their virtues and their ex's perceived lack thereof. 

Property: You Must Know It To Protect It

When it comes to protecting your assets in the event of a divorce, you can't protect an asset you're not aware of. While there are guidelines and formulas for the division of marital assets, they are only effective if used in conjunction with accurate information about a couple's finances. 

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