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How Much Is Child Support For One Child In Illinois?

By Russell Knight | December 17, 2021
Child Support For One Child In Illinois

Child support in Illinois is determined based on number of factors. Both parents’ incomes are considered and then compared to a chart that the Illinois department of Health and Family Services produces and updates each year. “The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall adopt rules establishing child support guidelines which include worksheets to aid in the calculation of the child support obligations and a schedule of basic child…

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Cashing Out 401(k)s And Other Retirement Accounts During An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | December 15, 2021
Withdrawal of 401(k) during divorce

Divorce attorney see their clients and their client’s spouse’s true finances. The truth is that most people have little in the way of assets outside of their marital home and their retirement accounts. When a divorcing couple’s assets are tied up in a home and retirement accounts, the divorcing the parties must pay for their new expenses: two households and two divorce lawyers (and possibly a Guardian Ad Litem) out…

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How Long Does Maintenance Last After An Illinois Divorce?

By Russell Knight | December 12, 2021
Maintenance length in Illinois

Maintenance (formerly known as alimony) is the direct payment of support from one spouse to another during and after an Illinois divorce. “[T]he court may grant a maintenance award for either spouse in amounts and for periods of time as the court deems just, without regard to marital misconduct, and the maintenance may be paid from the income or property of the other spouse.” 750 ILCS 5/504(a) An Illinois court…

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Same Sex Parents In An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | December 8, 2021
Same Sex Parents In An Illinois Divorce

Parents are parents. It does not matter what gender either parent is. When same sex parents divorce those same sex parents use a system of laws originally designed for opposite sex couples. Because Illinois divorce laws are implicitly designed for opposite sex parents, either party can attempt to use those laws to try to shut a same sex parent out of a child’s life. If an adult is NOT deemed…

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Staying On Your Spouse’s Insurance After An Illinois Divorce

By Russell Knight | December 5, 2021
Health Insurance post-divorce

When you get divorced two parties no longer have any obligations to each other that are not enshrined in their marital settlement agreement. There is no obligation to insure your spouse or your former spouse under the Illinois Marriage And Dissolution Of Marriage Act. But, in Illinois an insurance company cannot offer health insurance without also offering to insure a policy holder’s spouse and children. “No policy of…health insurance, nor…

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