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Resolving family legal matters: more complex than you realize

Members of the military are used to having and following orders. They follow routines and strict schedules; they prioritize speed and efficiency when it comes to getting things done. These skills and behaviors can be critical in military endeavors, but they can actually work against a person when it comes to something like divorce.

If you or your spouse is in the military and you are going through a divorce or trying to resolve another type of family legal matter, you need to prepare for the fact that the legal process is not as regimented and orderly as you might hope for or expect.

How to prepare for a custody evaluation

10745492_S.jpgIf you are father engaged in a custody dispute with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, chances are that you are concerned about dealing with a custody evaluator. After all, who wants to their parenting decisions judged by a third party when the other parent is looking for information to be unearthed (whether true or not) that can affect their rights to custody and parenting time.

Some parents know that that their child support awards may be directly tied to the amount of time their parenting time they are awarded, which can be strongly influenced by an evaluator's recommendations.

Parents: Help your kids cope with divorce by avoiding guilt

1438735_S.jpgChildren of divorce are often told that divorce is not their fault. In fact, that sentiment is so common that it has almost become a cliché. However, that doesn't make it any less true.

Kids of any age need this kind of reassurance when their parents split up because it can be an incredibly complicated subject for them to comprehend. Making sure they know right away that it's not their fault and doing whatever you can to help them feel safe should be a parent's top priorities. It is also crucial to protect kids from feeling guilty when you transition into a shared parenting arrangement.

Going through a divorce? You don't have to go it alone

37323216_S.jpgThese days, it seems like there's an online how-to video or article for just about everything. While these resources can be enormously helpful for many things, they may not be as helpful when it comes to complex, highly individualized processes, including divorce.

Family legal matters can become very complicated, even when they seem obvious and straightforward at the beginning. For instance, you might decide that your divorce is simple and straightforward, and feel that doing it on your own will help to save time and money; but it might not be long until you find yourself wishing you had had some legal guidance from the beginning.

Is technology hurting your divorce?

45779084_S.jpgThere has been a lot of talk about the many ways that social media and dating apps affect relationships, including marriages. We read stories about people who start affairs online or spend more time online than they do with the people around them.

However, this technology doesn't just have the potential to hurt people in relationships; it can also do damage to people trying to end relationships. If you are getting divorced, there are some important things you will want to avoid in terms of using technology in order to protect yourself, your family and your future.

Divorcing young? What you need to consider

31881182_S.jpgIt is said that when it comes to love, age is just a number. However, age can prove to be a very important factor when love ends. For instance, let's look a divorce. If you are divorcing at an older age, you are likely going to be battling many things that someone who is divorcing at 25 may not have to deal with.

This doesn't mean divorce is any easier for young people. In fact, there are still many challenges you can face if you are getting divorced in your 20s or 30s.

When cohabiting becomes complicated

12647699_S.jpgWhen baby boomers were growing up divorce rates, along with the general public's approval of divorce, were much lower. In the 1950s and 1960s, not only were people expected to marry and remain married for life, but they were also expected to do so without ever having lived together.

Fast forward to 2013 and people's behaviors and views about marriage, divorce and cohabitation have shifted dramatically. Today, an estimated 66 percent of couples who marry live together prior to tying the knot and 60 percent of adults ages 18 to 44 agree that it's "at least somewhat important" for a couple to cohabit before marrying.

3 legal issues that can plague Illinois fathers

32527631_S.jpgBeing a parent is one of the toughest jobs a person could have, considering all the roles you may need to fill. On any given day, you might have to be a teacher, a doctor, a chef, a professional athlete, a superhero or a law enforcement officer.

But being a parent is also itself a critical role and it has several legal implications. In other words, if you are a father in Illinois, that designation comes with a host of obligations and rights of which you must be aware. It is also a role that can spark some serious disputes.