Illinois movie fans might be interested to learn that "Anchorman" actor David Koechner is ending his nearly 22-year marriage to self-help podcaster Leigh Koechner. The couple, who have five children together, were married in 1998 after meeting on a plane.
Securing alimony, also called spousal maintenance or support, can be an important part of getting through a divorce with one's financial security intact. In order to understand how to pursue alimony, an Illinois resident should be aware of the many factors that courts may look at in order to decide if spousal support is appropriate. This post will discuss some of those factors but may not be comprehensive. Readers are always encouraged to talk to their own attorneys about their family law and divorce needs.
Marriage is both an emotional and legal undertaking. While an Illinois resident may initially find themselves drawn to another person on an emotional level, they must formalize their relationship through the legal process of marriage in order to be recognized by the state and thereby qualify for marriage-related benefits. Choosing to marry is thus a big decision. Those who decide to pursue marriage can and should speak with their prospective partners about whether they will enter into a premarital agreement.
While it is important for Illinois residents to always be true to their own needs and emotions, it is important that they also fully realize the consequence that their decisions may have on their lives and futures. This is especially true when a person decides that they want to end their marriage in divorce. A divorce can bring about many emotional, financial, and legal changes that those who pursue it may not be prepared to cope with.
The property that a person owns when they get married may be treated differently depending upon what it is and what purpose it may serve in the individual's relationship. For example, while the individual's car may be shared with their spouse and immediately retitled to demonstrate their joint ownership of it, the individual's pre-marital savings account may stay under their name only and untouched by the parties, never being used for marital purposes. Property in Illinois may be considered marital or separate, and this distinction is important when that property must be divided up pursuant to a divorce.
When the parties to an Illinois couple reach the end of their divorce, they will presumably have all of their personal and financial matters worked out. They will have divided up their assets and debts, and they will have decided how items of property should be distributed between them. If they have kids, they will have worked out how custody will be established to serve their children's needs, and they will have set rules on how child support and spousal support should be paid.
Prenuptial agreements, sometimes called premarital agreements, are contracts that are drafted before two people are joined in marriage. Prenuptial agreements often cover topics related to how the parties do and will own items of property and may also address if and how alimony should be awarded in the event that the parties' marriage ends in divorce.
The topic of gray divorce may or may not be familiar to readers of this Springfield family law blog. It refers to divorces that occur between individuals who are older, generally in their 50's or older. Often gray divorce brings long-term marriages to their end and often does not involve matters related to custody or child support. To such ends, gray divorces often revolve around happiness, money and making the most of the parties' futures.
Not all spousal support orders are intended to last indefinitely. While it is true that in some cases an Illinois couple may end a long-term divorce and the support-receiving party may not have any chance of re-entering the workforce, for many divorcing parties there is some way for the recipient spouses to find ways to support themselves. Therefore, the type of spousal support that a court orders will have a lot to do with when that order will eventually end.
"No fault" divorce may seem like an odd phrase to give to a legal process that is literally built upon terminating a relationship where the parties no longer want to be affiliated with each other. It would seem that in such circumstances two Illinois residents would feel as though the other is at fault for causing them to want to divorce and to divide up the life they had built together as a married couple. However, a "no fault" divorce does not mean that a divorce is without conflict, but rather that it has arisen due to the unfixable breaking of the couple's marriage.