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Tips to raise kids when you don't agree with your ex

Raising children is hard enough. When you throw parental disagreements into the picture, it gets far tougher. As a divorced couple, you still have to work together when it comes to your children. But what if you don't agree on how you should do things?

Maybe your ex doesn't think that school is all that important. He or she lets the children stay up late, doesn't make them do their homework and sometimes doesn't send them to school at all. You, on the other hand, think school is incredibly important for their future, and you feel like your ex is undermining your efforts.

Questions to ask regarding your family home during divorce

Getting divorced forces you to ask yourself a lot of questions about what you want for your future. Ideally, you will plan for your future even during the divorce process, trying to put yourself in the best position you can. This type of proactive approach can help you work toward the results that you want.

One thing you need to figure out is what you plan to do with your family home. Maybe you and your spouse have been together for 10 years, you have two kids, and you bought a home with a mortgage eight years ago. Now what?

Creating a workable parenting plan during an Illinois divorce

Protecting your children during a divorce can feel like an uphill battle. Both you and your ex are likely striving to shield the children and also to demonstrate your love and affection for them during this tumultuous time. You may be so focused on dealing with the immediate circumstances of your family during the divorce that you put off or fail to give proper attention to one of the most important ways to protect your family in a divorce.

The parenting plan that you and your ex negotiate during the divorce will guide the way that your family interacts for years to come. You should begin thinking about the creation of a parenting plan as soon as you realize that divorce is likely part of your family's future.

Are you interested in a prenuptial agreement? Learn how to ask

As you learn more about the benefits of a prenuptial agreement, you may come to the conclusion that it's an absolute must before tying the knot. While you're sure that it's the right thing to do, your soon to be spouse may not have the same idea.

It's one thing to be interested in a prenuptial agreement, but another thing entirely to ask your spouse to get on board with the idea. Remember, you can't force your partner into signing a prenuptial agreement.

Child support in Illinois: Know what you could owe

A child has the legal right to receive child support from both parents in one of two ways. The child can either receive it directly or through payments. That means that the parent who primarily has custody may not need to pay, but the parent who does not have primary custody will need to pay monthly installments.

Child support calculations are unique to each case, but there are basic guidelines. Illinois uses an income shares model. The model includes guidelines based on a table that shows the percent of income typically spent on children when parents live together. When a child stays overnight for at least 146 nights per year, basic child support obligations are multiplied by 1.5 times, and this is also factored into the payment along with the amount of time each parent spends with the child.

Do I need a prenuptial agreement? 5 reasons to get one

You got engaged. It was a private moment, but followed by hours on the phone and social media, telling everyone the good news. You and your significant other feel incredibly excited, everyone congratulates you and people begin asking how the wedding planning is going almost instantly.

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How to come to a consensus about child rearing after divorce

After a divorce, it's hard to get along with your ex-spouse. A lot of things have happened that didn't help you get along any better. You know that you have to raise your child together, but neither of you wants to let the other be in control.

It's important to talk to one another about your child and to have open communication about how you expect your child to be raised. Failing to do this can lead to conflicts and end up harming your child in the long run. What should you do to make sure you can work together? Here are a few tips.

How to modify child support in Illinois

If you are paying or receiving child support, you may be able to seek a modification under the new support guidelines that went into effect in July.

In Illinois, you can seek a child support modification if your financial circumstances or your child’s needs have changed since the last support order. You can also seek a modification if the amount you pay or receive will change significantly under the new rules. 

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