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Judge: up-front interim divorce award fully justified

Find Waldo.

In a nutshell, that's what it is all about in a truly high-asset divorce battle between a business principal and his wife -- - identifying something specific from amidst a seeming ocean of complexity and confused background.

Dividing a military pension in divorce

As a civilian spouse, you understand how difficult military marriage can be. You must cope with long absences and frequent moves among other challenges. Sometimes these challenges take their toll and a couple decides to divorce.

Military couples also endure a more difficult process than in civilian life, as they must consider military-specific procedures and rules.

One way in which this comes into play is when couples must determine how to divide the military retirement pension, if at all. In this post, we will inform you about some requirements that must be fulfilled before determining who gets what.

New tax laws merit scrutiny of participants in high-asset divorces

Divorce in Illinois and elsewhere is an event of magnitude, of course, and worthy of due reflection from every conceivably relevant aspect. Many divorcing couples share at least a few core concerns, ranging from child-centric matters (e.g., custody/visitation and support) and spousal maintenance to residential property issues and equitable asset division.

For impending exes involved in a high-asset divorce, things can understandably be more involved and complex than might otherwise be the case. Yes, there is a house, but there might also be other realty to deal with, as well. Relevant support levels will logically be pegged to higher dollar amounts. Alimony could well be a topic surrounded by repeat and intense negotiations. Various retirement accounts might invite court orders and entail significant complexity regarding their full identification, valuation and division.

Supreme Court's ruling affects post-divorce insurance payout

Deference to state law-making authority.

That was essentially the bottom line in a family law ruling issued earlier this month by the nation's highest court in a case pitting contractual rights against state powers. Although the matter pertained to a Minnesota dispute, the U.S. Supreme Court's discussion and ultimate disposition of the matter command broad relevance in Illinois and every other state. We relate the details immediately below.

Financial concerns for women facing divorce after 50

Often, many women leave major financial responsibilities to their husbands and find a surprising burden to shoulder when faced with death or divorce of a spouse. Over sixty percent of women wind up leaving the major investing and financial planning decisions to their spouse.

Both millennial women and baby boomers find themselves slipping comfortably into the more traditional gender roles where financial decisions are left to the husband. Fifty-nine percent of those who become widowed or divorced have stated they regret not having been more involved in the long-term financial planning when they were married. Eighty-five percent of married women who weren’t active in making long-term financial decisions said their spouse knows more about financial issues than they do. Eighty percent of women said they were content with how financial responsibilities were split in their marriage.

Divorce is not the end. Rather, it spells a new beginning.

It is certainly nice, though not surprising, to find family law writers and commentators in close accord with our views regarding optimal divorce strategies.

Take a recent article in Forbes written by a divorce columnist, for example. Its author, Heather Locus, repeatedly stresses the importance for an impending ex-spouse during the divorce process of calm (to the degree possible) and logical thinking.

Why many Millennials embrace prenups more than their parents do

Although prenuptial agreements have fought an uphill battle for recognition and perceived utility in Illinois and nationally for years, the tide has lately turned for that important family law contract.

One primary reason why is that increasingly more people are looking at such agreements in a logical and dispassionate way, dismissing the quick criticism that they undermine trust and love in marriage.

Untracking the trackers: a challenge for some divorced parties

How nice it would be if divorcing parties in Illinois and nationally routinely dissolved their marital bonds with civility and a shared vow to work reasonably well together in the future, especially in cases involving children.

Some impending exes are of course able to manage that, with post-divorce life not throwing any proverbial wrenches into their interactions following dissolution.

Parenting after divorce: How will you interact with your ex?

If you and your ex have minor children, you will need to begin a new type of parenting relationship after separating. You will have to learn to interact with each other only as parents, rather than as parents who are also romantic partners.

This is a profound and possibly heartbreaking change. But the wellbeing of your child or children will benefit greatly if you can forge an effective way to interact as parents after your breakup.

A prominent psychologist who studies parenting after divorce has identified several distinct types of parenting relationships that characterize former couples. What are these types and which one applies most clearly to you and your ex?

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