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Orland Park alimony attorneyA tax policy related to divorce and in place for seven decades will end at the end of this year as part of the federal tax overhaul of 2017. For divorces after Dec. 31, those who pay spousal maintenance can no longer deduct alimony payments from their taxes. Also, maintenance recipients will no longer declare alimony as taxable income. 

Because this change to the tax code is expected to reduce the amount of money divorced couples have on hand to split between them, divorce lawyers say they have seen a noticeable increase in filings as the year-end deadline approaches.

How Alimony Works with New Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1917 that alimony was not tax deductible, a rule that changed in the 1940s. The new law will pay a small portion of the $1.5 trillion in tax cuts scheduled over the next decade, with $6.7 billion added to the U.S. Treasury.

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Illinois paternity lawyersPaternity is the legal and biological relationship between a child and a father. In Illinois, you must establish paternity for a father’s name to appear on a child’s birth certificate, and if you need to set up the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly custody), child support, and parenting time (formerly visitation) if the parents are unmarried, divorced, or not in a civil union.

To establish a child’s eligibility for health and life insurance, Social Security benefits from a disabled or deceased parent, veteran’s benefits, or an inheritance, paternity must be certified. Sometimes this is done easily, while other circumstances prove difficult. For either scenario, an experienced family law attorney can help.

Establishing Paternity in Illinois

When a couple or two uninvolved individuals agree that paternity is certain, they can complete and file the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP) form through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). You can get this form through your county clerk, health office, an Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services aid office, or via the IDPH website. For proper submission, the VAP must be signed in front of a witness who is age 18 or older.

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Illinois alimony lawyersIn divorce, spouses sometimes require an additional influx of income supplied by their ex-spouse as they restart on their own. In Illinois divorce cases, this was once referred to as alimony or spousal support but is now called spousal maintenance.

During the divorce process, spouses who will pay maintenance and those who will receive it often wonder what amount they can expect. Starting January 1, 2019, a change in Illinois law will impact that figure. To ensure you either receive or pay the justified amount, you need a skilled family law attorney, like those at Anderson and Associates, P.C., who can serve as your advocate throughout your divorce proceedings.

Here is a look at how spousal maintenance will be figured starting at the beginning of next year:

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Illinois adoption attorneysThe decision to adopt a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences imaginable. It can also be one of the more complicated and time-consuming processes you ever go through.

Adoption is a legal process that requires careful planning and adherence to procedure. For adoptions through the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS), they require you to obtain an adoption lawyer approved by their agency, like those at Anderson and Associates, P.C. You do not have to worry about fees, as DCFS pays for the applicable attorney costs so you can focus on the new addition to your family.

How Long Does Adoption Take?

DCFS facilitates more than 1,500 adoptions a year. Following an initial screening and in-home visit, the first step in adoption is to become a licensed foster parent, so a child can legally be placed with your family. Licensure typically takes one to two months, then DCFS works to match a single child or siblings with your family. Once that placement is complete, final adoption approval by DCFS and the court usually occurs after six months.

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Orland Park mediation attorneysWhen divorce goes from probability to certainty for a couple, thoughts of a prolonged court battle and potential financial difficulties often come to mind. For soon-to-be-ex spouses who want to avoid those scenarios, mediation is a potential solution that can also foster a positive partnership moving forward.

What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a voluntary process that lets couples discuss and plan their futures in respectful joint cooperation. By using a trained divorce mediator, you can achieve a divorce settlement that benefits both parties while maintaining control throughout. It is available for married couples and domestic partners, regardless of income level or if children and custody are involved.

Intense emotions are understandable during divorce. You do not have to be 100 percent amicable to go through mediation. You simply need to enter into the process willing to negotiate in good faith. 

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