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November 2018 Archives

Dealing with the other parent's alcohol abuse in divorce

If a parent in Illinois who is getting a divorce becomes concerned about their child's safety with the other parent, there may be steps that parent can take to protect the child, but this is not always the case. One man was worried about his wife's drinking because he thought she might drink and drive with their 7-year-old in the car. He also was the child's main caregiver, so he was concerned that the child was with his wife and that she had cut off contact.

Spousal support to face new tax treatment in 2019

For people in Illinois with significant assets, finalizing their divorces could be more expensive after 2018 comes to an end. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in late 2017, included significant changes to the tax treatment of alimony payments that will go into effect with the new year in 2019. For decades, spousal support payments have been tax deductible for the payer and taxable for the recipient. This arrangement results in an overall tax savings because taxes are paid in the lower tax bracket of the recipient.

What does a successful divorce look like?

Going through a divorce is not easy. It is an extremely emotional time for almost everyone involved. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the process and feel dismayed. However, there are ways people can prepare themselves and set themselves up for success at the end of their divorce.

Surgical sponges left in man's body for four years

One central Illinois man was shocked to discover the cause of his ongoing discomfort and pain after surgery: two surgical sponges left behind. The man received his first operation in May 2014, but long after the procedure, he experienced shortness of breath, high fevers and other signs that indicated an infection. Despite receiving antibiotics and other treatment, the symptoms would return, and doctors were unsure of the cause of his recurrent illness.

Uncovering hidden assets in a divorce

When people decide to divorce in Illinois, many hope that they will be able to reach an equitable settlement on financial matters. The financial effects of divorce can linger on long after the emotional and practical matters have been concluded, so handling these issues honestly and efficiently can help both parties to move on rather than face court entanglements. Unfortunately, however, some spouses seek to hide assets before or during the divorce to prevent their former spouses from receiving their fair share.

Keeping taxes in mind during a divorce

When people in Illinois decide to end their marriage, they may be particularly concerned about how divorce will affect them financially. Asset division and spousal support can be some of the most contentious issues, and the changes coming in tax law with the new year in 2019 may make divorce more difficult for many.

How children can adjust to divorce with parents' help

There are many ways for separated parents in Illinois to help their kids better adjust to divorce. For starters, it's important to keep family life as consistent and stable as possible. Parents should try to avoid fighting with each other over child-rearing issues. Even parents who have fundamentally different parenting styles may be able to agree on a set of consistent expectations between their households.

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