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What makes a military divorce different from a civilian divorce?

35462374_S.jpgAs a previous post discussed, divorces for military service members can be different and more complex when compared to civilian divorces. Because military laws apply to certain aspects, the process itself can be prolonged or complicated. Thus, those filing for a divorce should understand what protections are provided military members and what issues they should pay special attention to.

What makes a military divorce different from a civilian divorce? It should be noted that one way a military divorce is different is that Congress has afforded military service members legal protections during divorce proceedings. These protections are not offered to the public at large as these protections protect the legal interests of servicemen and woman, especially when it comes to their military benefits and pension.

Helping you through the military divorce process

52726583_S.jpgSpouses in Illinois and elsewhere can have careers that can significantly impact a marital relationship. While there is a wide variety of civilian careers that can do this, the demanding lifestyle of a military career can put strain and stress on a marriage. This is especially true when the military spouse is deployed or training in a different state. The lengthy separation for months and even years can cause a marriage to break, causing spouses to face the reality of divorce.

At Stange Law Firm, PC we understand the complexities a military divorce can bring. Whether it is the service member spouse filing for divorce or not, initiating and progressing the dissolution process can be challenging. This is especially true if the military spouse is currently deployed. Thus, we are dedicated to helping spouses in the Springfield area navigate the obstacles and pitfalls involved in a military divorce.

The growing trend away from sole custody during divorce

58904961_S.jpgParents always want what is best for their children. How can they help it? A child is his or her world, and during a divorce, parents in Illinois and elsewhere will do anything to limit the negative impact the process could have on the child. This requires not only considering the dissolution process itself but also how the post divorce life will look. In some cases, a parent might have so much animosity with their former spouse that they seek to go to great lengths to either protect the child from their ex or file for sole custody. Whether this is out of care or spite, it is often a custody arrangement that is difficult at achieving.

Absent any physical abuse, drug addictions or mental health issues, it is difficult to successfully pursue an action for primary custody of a child. Sole custody could be granted if there exist factors that prove a child is safer and better off with one parent; however, if such factors do not exist, experts agree that children are much happier and healthier when a relationship is maintained and built with both parents post-divorce.

New rules for determining child support in Illinois

36312005_S.jpgEnsuring that the needs of a child are met during and after a divorce is necessary. While it is not always easy to work through these family law issues, taking the time to properly reach an amicable solution not only benefits the parents involved but also the child. Child support is often necessary to work out during a divorce. However, divorcing and divorced parents should note that the laws controlling this family law issue can often change. This could make obtaining or modifying such an order much different.

According to recent reports, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced that new rules controlling child support would be enacted. The income-sharing model will be used. This means that child support will be calculated based on the income of both parents.

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.

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