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Are you entitled to receive spousal support?

As you proceed with your divorce, you may soon come to realize that your financial circumstances are changing in many ways. You may be entitled to receive spousal support.

This comes into play if you are unable to meet your financial needs without the assistance of your spouse who has the means to make regular payments.

Moving and child custody: Things to keep in mind

When going through the divorce process, you should never lose sight of the steps you can take to make things easier on your children. If you have physical custody of your children, it means they'll primarily live with you in your home.

There may come a point when you want to move. While you don't have much to think about if you're moving within the same general area, there are many details that come into play if you're leaving the city, state or country.

Child custody exchange: Follow these tips

With a child custody order in place, both you and your child's other parent will know what's expected of you both. Depending on your arrangement, you may find yourself exchanging custody with the other parent on a regular basis. While this sounds routine, there are many things that can go awry.

Here are some tips to help keep you on track:

  • Avoid arguments. Some exes have a tendency to argue when they come face to face. Even if you haven't been getting along with your co-parent, it's never a good idea to argue when exchanging custody. Not only does this put you in a worse position, but it can really make your child feel awkward and upset.
  • Choose a neutral location. While there are times when it makes sense, you don't have to exchange custody at your house or the home of your ex-spouse. You can choose a neutral location, such as a local shopping mall, to exchange custody of your child.
  • Keep your safety paramount. If you have any reason to believe the other parent will become violent, you should proceed with caution. If this does occur, it's not in the best interests of your child, and should be reported right away. Your goal should be to avoid similar circumstances in the future.

Have you considered the benefits of virtual visitation?

As a parent with visitation rights, you know how important it is to make the most of the time you spend with your child.

Although your relationship is sure to change after your divorce, it doesn't mean you can't be a big part of your child's life for many years to come.

Methods your spouse may use to hide assets

Losing trust in the person you planned to spend your entire life alongside is always difficult, but if you also suspect that this person is working to stack the deck against you, it can prove even more troublesome. Unfortunately, many spouses who suspect that their marriages are nearing their final days behave less than honestly when it comes to finances, and many use similar tactics and methods in doing so.

If you are heading for a divorce and you suspect your husband or wife may be concealing assets from you in an attempt to come out on top during divorce proceedings, you may be wise to investigate further. Know that your spouse may try to do so with the following methods:

Questions children often ask about divorce

As you ponder divorce, you'll do so with your children in mind. If you decide to move forward, you must have a plan in place for keeping your children safe at all times.

There are many things you can do to make life easier on your children during this difficult time, such as answering any questions they may have. Here are some of the most common:

  • Why are you doing this? You need to make it clear to your children that your divorce has nothing to do with them. You never want a child to assume that he or she did something wrong.
  • Can we still live together? Many children assume that everyone can still live together, even after divorce. You need to explain how the child custody process works and how it will impact living arrangements in the future. Do so with the age of your children in mind.
  • What will happen to me? You never want your child to feel like they are being left behind. Make it clear that they will continue to live their life as usual, for the most part.
  • Will I still be able to spend time with both of you? Be sure that your children know that they will still be able to see both parents, albeit in a different environment than before.

10 tips for raising your children after divorce

Once your divorce is in the past, you can turn all your attention to the future. If you have children with your ex-spouse, now's the time to focus on their well-being.

Here are 10 tips for raising your children after divorce:

  • Never talk poorly about the other parent, as it can drive a stake between you and your children
  • Stick to a schedule, as it will allow you to remain organized and provide your children with the stability they need
  • Be open and honest at all times, taking your children's ages into consideration
  • Provide as much love and support as possible, even if this isn't your nature
  • Keep an open line of communication with your ex-spouse, as it will help you when co-parenting
  • Don't interfere when your children are spending time with their other parent
  • Never lose sight of the fact that your children are innocent victims and requires attention
  • Never make your children feel guilty about a decision to spend time with their other parent
  • Enjoy your alone time
  • Encourage your children to open up about their feelings on the present situation and the future

Who will keep the house in a divorce?

Matters of property division can quickly bog down the divorce process, with both individuals fighting to secure as many assets as possible.

While there are many assets to consider, the family house almost always moves to the forefront. Here's why: It's typically one of the largest assets that a couple jointly owns.

Are you following these visitation tips after your divorce?

Your divorce is finally in the past and you're now ready to move forward with your life.

If you have a child with your ex-spouse, you may have to turn your immediate attention to visitation. As the noncustodial parent, it will take some getting used to, but over time you should be able to settle into a groove.

Making a valid will in Illinois

Many people put off thinking about their estate planning as just another unpleasant task. However, taking care of these matters well in advance of when you anticipate an issue to arise can save a lot of trouble for your intended beneficiaries.

Making a will can be an important part of planning your estate. When there is no valid will, the state distributes the estate according to Illinois' intestacy provisions.

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