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Orland Park supervised parenting time attorney

Divorce can be a messy and emotional process, especially when children are involved. Understandably, parents often show a different side of themselves when their parental rights are on the line. The formulation of parenting time schedules is always done in the best interests of the child, and this often includes shared time with both parents. However, in some cases, both parents remaining in the child’s life can be dangerous and unhealthy for the child, warranting intervention from the Illinois court system. As difficult as this may be for the child and the parents, supervised visitation may be required for a parent to spend time with his or her child.

Supervised Parenting Time Situations

Supervised visitation is the court’s way of allowing a parent to remain in his or her child’s life while making sure that the child’s safety is a priority. In some cases, a parent may try to restrict their former partner’s relationship with the child by requesting supervised visitation requirements. To ensure that a child's relationship with a parent is not harmed because of the other parent's negative actions or emotions, the Illinois courts will only consider mandating supervised visitation in a select number of situations. These scenarios include:

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Orland Park divorce mediation attorney

When couples say “I do,” they imagine the future that they will build together. Unfortunately, for many couples, “forever” has an expiration date. There are many reasons why couples decide to get divorced, and for some, it is a mutual decision that involves little contention from both sides. All divorces require legal proceedings; however, there is an alternative option available that does not involve the same amount of time or money that is typically tied to divorce cases that require litigation.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution available to divorcing couples. Rather than hiring your own attorney to represent you in court, mediation involves representation from a neutral third party to assist you and your spouse with the divorce decision-making process.

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Orland Park divorce lawyer

Frequently, legal blogs provide a concentrated look at the parts and pieces that make up a divorce. They explain each area in-depth and look at the finer details of the different aspects of divorce. However, it is also important to take more of a bird’s-eye view at the divorce process to understand how it plays out as a whole. Hiring an experienced divorce attorney is always the first step you should take. Not only can an attorney give you a better idea of what the road ahead of you looks like, but he or she can provide an outside perspective on your case while advocating on your behalf.

Filing a Petition

As with any legal process, the court must be notified of the impending legal action. A person who wishes to get a divorce must file a petition. The state of Illinois does not have a waiting period to file a petition, but at least one of the spouses must legally reside in the state on the day of the filing. In order for an Illinois judge to grant the divorce, one spouse must have legally resided in Illinois for 90 days before the judgment.

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Oak Forest child support lawyer

When parents get a divorce, they will both continue to be responsible for providing for their child financially. The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act includes regulations about when and how child support must be implemented into a custody arrangement. Most often, the noncustodial parent will be legally obligated to pay the custodial parent a particular amount. However, depending on several factors, including if parents share equal or near-equal amounts of parenting time, this may not always be the case. By working with an attorney, you can ensure that all the relevant factors are taken into account when calculating child support obligations.

What Factors Are Considered When Determining Child Support?

The amount of child support that a parent has to pay is based on a formula laid out in state law. This formula determines a Basic Support Obligation that is based on the number of children and the income earned by both parents. Each parent will contribute a percentage of this obligation, depending on the amount they contribute toward their combined income and, in some cases, the number of overnights the children spend with each parent every year.

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Orland Park divorce lawyers

Divorce is stressful and it is rare that anyone walks away financially unscathed. Splitting up means leaving a combined household and having to set up two different homes and lives. It also means assets and debts will be divided, and despite the best efforts of the court, individuals often feel shortchanged. However, there are some steps a person can take in order to take less of a financial hit in a divorce. 

Know Your Assets and Debts (And Your Spouse’s)

Not every husband or wife is totally honest about what they own or what they owe. If you are faced with divorce, one of the first things to do is account for all bank accounts, investments, retirement plans, insurance policies, etc. that your spouse has. You also need to know where you stand on debt, like credit cards, taxes, and medical bills. One way to go about finding any hidden items is by getting a copy of your spouse’s credit report. If there is anything you do not recognize, you will need to dig deeper, perhaps with the help of a forensic accountant.

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