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When change is necessary, consult with an attorney

You would hit a very comfortable point in your life if you never had to change, right? If everything was just as you wanted it to be and there were guarantees that none of that would change, then you would likely accept that stasis. However, such a scenario doesn't exist. Life is always changing. Circumstances are always changing. And as a result, we have to adapt and change as well.

Now why are we talking about this on a family law blog? Well, change is inherent to the idea of divorce. You're changing your life from living together as a couple to being apart and living independently. But there's another reason this idea of change and divorce is important: for the sake of your divorce agreement or your child custody arrangement, you have to be prepared for those agreement to change and evolve over time. They are extremely unlikely to remain the same over the years.

When considering bankruptcy and divorce, order matters

We recently talked about debt and divorce, and how these two important topics are inextricably linked. Continuing that conversation, today we're going to talk about bankruptcy and divorce, and how these two legal options are not only linked, but provide splitting spouses with an ample opportunity to save money or reduce the financial stress of their lives.

When you are considering both bankruptcy and divorce, you need to decide which one you are going to file first. Depending on your choice, it will dramatically affect how your life proceeds.

Divorcing? Considering retirement? Know your next steps

39176433_S.jpgAbout a month ago, we wrote a post about gray divorce, the term applied to the phenomenon of older couples getting divorced at much higher rates than decades prior. Today, we'd like to examine a detail of the gray divorce phenomenon and use it to give some older couples advice about how to proceed with their divorce, if they are going through one.

Retirement is obviously on the minds of many older people. So when they are in a marriage that has lasted 30, 40 or even 50 years, it can be shocking to hear your spouse say "I want a divorce." You also may not be prepared for it, both literally and financially. Maybe you have a home you are still trying to pay for. Maybe there is college tuition for your children that you have to worry about still.

How does debt play a role in divorce?

F42201048_S.jpginancial topics are inherent to the divorce process. When two spouses decide that their relationship is untenable, their is an unwinding of finances that must happen. Some assets were acquired prior to the marriage, some after. And many spouses will make claims that are in their interests, meaning that they aren't always right. 

We bring this up because there is one topic that often lurks under the radar when you hear the topic of "finances and divorce" being discusses, and that is debt. When a married couple files for divorce, they will have to address their debt. One of the ways to do this is to outline who is responsible for what in a prenuptial agreement.

How social media plays a key role in divorce

31480030_S.jpgWhether you like it or not, social media is here to stay. And all of your social media profiles could have a significant impact on your divorce. From Twitter to Facebook, and Snapchat to Instagram, these profiles contain a wealth of information that could be used against you in a divorce. In addition, if you use these accounts after a divorce has been completed, your social media activity could also get you into trouble.

But what specifically are we talking about? Let's take a look at some of the ways that social media could present some crucial evidence to a divorce case:

Family law terminology and the role of lawyers

39537870_S.jpgOne of the most intimidating aspects of any litigation, may it be family law, personal injury or real estate law, is the terminology and the legal language of a case. Some people actually avoid consulting with an attorney or pressing their (potentially legitimate) case because of the feared complication involved. Well, today, we want to help dispel some of that fear by going over some basic terms and vocabulary involved in family law cases.

First, you've probably heard of an annulment before. This is where a marriage is completely and legally dissolved, as if it never happened. However, annulments are only granted under certain circumstances. This "dissolving" is called the dissolution of a marriage. There is also legal separation, which sees both spouses living separately and under the terms set forth by a court -- but the couple is still legally married.

Grey divorce: older couples are filing more and more

37230984_S.jpgOver the last five years, you have probably heard about a phenomenon in the world of family law that has been gaining steam. It is called "grey divorce" and it refers to the notion that older couples are getting divorced more and more frequently. A grey divorce is when two spouses are aged 50 or older and they decide to get a divorce.

As you can probably imagine, a grey divorce presents some unique challenges for the splitting spouses. Since they are older, it is more likely that they have more assets and wealth to divide and separate during the divorce process than a younger couple. They may also have assets that many spouses wouldn't even have to consider in their divorce.

Deciding to divorce: financial considerations to make

34058336_S.jpgImagine a married couple that lives many years together. They obviously get used to a certain lifestyle and a certain routine, right/ Well, one day they have an argument that has been building for years, and the couple realizes that they have hit a very serious and potentially relationship-breaking impasse. After weeks, or perhaps months, of therapy and trying to figure out their problems, they realize there is simply no fixing their problem.

They decide to divorce.