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What factors could help with child support modification?

19989004_S.jpgWhen parents in Illinois and elsewhere divorce, there are important family law issues that need to be addressed and ironed out. While any decision made in the dissolution process is likely to impact the children involved, it is often child custody and child support orders that impact children the most. Thus, it is not only important to carefully and properly draft these documents, but to also take necessary steps to enforce and modify them if issues present themselves.

What factors could help with child support modification? The Division of Child Support Services is the agency responsible for conducting child support modification reviews in the state of Illinois. They not only ensure that these awards are in line with state laws, but they also note and address any changing circumstances that could impact current orders.

Helping you resolve family law issues during and after divorce

10291722_S.jpgDivorce issues have the tendency of impacting couples during and after the process is completed. For families in Illinois dealing with family law issues, these can range greatly and could be issues that need to be revisited several times post-divorce. While it is difficult to fathom that you will need to address issues you just resolved during divorce, when it comes to matters revolving around your children, parents should be prepared to continually revisit them until they reach majority age.

Whether you are going through the divorce process or have been divorced for several years, family law issues have the ability to present themselves at any time. Because of that, divorced parents should be prepared to work through these issues. Even though it is not easy, the only way to move forward is to timely address any disputes or problems. At the Stange Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys understand the challenges that family law issues present. Therefore, we are dedicated to assisting residents in the Springfield area navigate these issues.

Tech time may influence parenting time and a child's behavior

32369721_S.jpgDivorce can be difficult on the divorcing couple as well as the children. While parents in Illinois and elsewhere might fight tooth and nail to obtain the child custody arrangement they desire most, at the end of the day, it is important that these agreements meet the best interests of the child. Even if on paper the arrangement is conducive for the child, it is all dependent on what a parent does with their parenting time. While it is clear that there will be a transition period from being a married parent to a single parent, this process should not constrain or damage the relationship with the child.

In other words, this means spending actual and quality time with your children. Whether you have joint custody, are co-parenting or have visitation rights, it is important to put down the phone, close the computer and reduce reliance on technology when you are spending time with your child.

Ways to reach a divorce settlement

43131755_S.jpgFiling for divorce can be an emotional process to initiate and progress through. Nevertheless, divorcing couples in Illinois may still believe that divorce is in their best interests. Therefore, they will endure the ups and downs of the divorce process. Because litigation is often looked at as an emotional, lengthy and costly process, some divorcing couples seek alternative methods when reaching a divorce settlement.

While litigation is a viable option when finalizing a divorce, this is not the only way to obtain a fair and workable divorce decree. In fact, settling out of court not only helps a couple save money in most cases, it also has the tendency of arriving at a quicker resolution.

Recent Supreme Court ruling could impact military divorces

10575949_S.jpgAs a previous post highlighted, military couples in Springfield and nationwide have to go through a more complex process to end a marriage when compared to those going through a civilian divorce. Military laws have influence and power over the process, which often makes a military divorce more complex and challenging.

The United States Supreme Court recently weighed in on an issue involving military divorce. The unanimous decision ruled in favor of a veteran who did not believe he owed his ex-wife 20 percent of his disability pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The court ruled that the state courts do not have the authority to order a veteran to pay a former spouse for the loss of his or her retirement pay, which is caused by service-related disability benefits.

Guiding you through the military divorce process

24447019_S.jpgWith several major military bases in the state of Illinois, there are numerous military families residing in the state. While being married to a service member can be beneficial and life fulfilling, it can also be the cause of various marital problems. This is also why some military families much face the complex process of a military divorce.

At the Stange Law Firm, P.C., our legal team understands that divorce in general is never easy. We are also aware of the many factors involved in a military divorce that could complicate and lengthen dissolution. Thus, we are dedicated to serving those in the Springfield area so they better understand the process and can successfully navigate it.

What are the different types of child custody arrangements?

58904961_S.jpgDivorcing with children can be a complex matter for parents in Illinois. Divorce not only signify the end of a marriage, but it also brings a change in family dynamics. A child will go from a one-family home to a two-home family, which can be a major life change. Thus, when parents are determining the parenting time they desire, it is crucial to consider the best interests of the child.

What are the different types of child custody arrangements? Depending on the dynamics of the relationship, the terms of the divorce and what a parent seeks to do in his or her post-divorce life, custody plans can look vastly different from one divorced family to the next. While shared custody is often the ideal and highly promoted custody arrangement, this is not always ideal.

What shared parenting means to Illinois parents and children

57554911_S.jpgThe divorce process alone is considered difficult and challenging for couples in Illinois and elsewhere. However, when children are added to the process, this can make an already difficult time more challenging. Parents must make life-changing decisions, and they are often unsure if these choices are truly in the best interests of their children.

Although shared parenting is promoted as an ideal child custody arrangement, this is not always the end result for divorcing families. In fact, based on recent statistics, roughly 24 million children across the nation live without their biological father in the home. That comes to about one in every three children in the U.S. Additionally, 40 percent of those children living in a fatherless home claim that they have not seen their father in over a year. Even more so, 26 percent state that their absent father lives in a different state.

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