Tinley Park Illinois Family Law Blog

Is it time to divorce a spouse with an addiction?

Addiction doesn't just affect the addict -- it affects the addict's entire family. If your spouse has a substance abuse problem and is addicted to drugs or alcohol, at what point do you decide that you can't stay married any longer?

There's no right or wrong answer. Ultimately, you have to make the decision, but here are some questions to ask yourself when you're considering divorcing an addict:

Who makes the rules

Being a parent is a difficult job. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the kids get a little older and come up with a new parenting puzzle for you to figure out.

Deciding what the rules for the kids are going to be can be hard enough before a divorce, but adding a divorce into the mix can make life even more difficult. Especially when you find it hard to agree on anything.

Do you need a temporary or permanent child support modification?

Some changes in life affect us for a short, definitive period, while others have long-term or permanent effects. For this reason, when a parent requires a modification to his or her child support obligations, an Illinois family law court will seek to determine how long the need is for to see if a permanent or temporary child support modification is required.

Here are some examples of issues that could inspire a permanent or temporary change in child support:

Did financial problems bring an end to your marriage?

Out of all the reasons for divorce, financial difficulty and disagreements about money are the most common. As a fundamental necessity of life, money is a common concern for spouses. If there's a lack of financial security, or serious disagreements about how to save and spend money, it could be enough to bring any marriage to an end – no matter how much love the couple has for one another.

Here are several ways that money issues can cause a divorce:

Even if you're divorced, you can make summer great for your kids

Ah, those carefree summer days of childhood.

Time with friends. Visits to some of the wonderful spots for children in Illinois. Toasting s'mores around the fire. Just because you're divorced doesn't mean the kids have to experience anything less than an awesome summer.

Divorced fathers in Illinois receive less parenting time

When comparing divorced fathers in the state of Illinois to fathers in other states throughout the nation, one thing is resoundingly clear: Illinois dads receive less parenting time than dads in other states.

According to recently-published research, Illinois kids with divorced parents spend approximately 23.1 percent of their time with their dads every year. This means that Illinois dads rank 47th in terms of time spent with their children when compared to dads in other states.

How to tell your children about your divorce

Navigating your divorce comes with a lot of challenges. One of those is how to tell your children about what is happening.

Your children are an important part of your life and you do not want the news of a divorce to affect them too much. Telling them is a delicate process that requires a lot of thought and care.

5 decisions that can protect your children during divorce

Divorce can be a painful, emotional process. Often, parties fight; they face financial obstacles; they might say hurtful things about each other inside and outside the legal setting.

However, as challenging as this may be for the adults, it can be even more upsetting for the children involved. As such, parents often want to shield their kids from at least some of the more difficult elements of the divorce process. Below, we offer some suggestions on how to do this.

Understanding The 2017 Illinois Child Support Law

1367087183.jpgThe new law will use an "income share" approach, similar to what is already in use in several other states. Under this model, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services will put forth a table that estimates how much money would be spent on a child of a similarly situated couple if the family were still intact. Essentially, this means that the Department will look at the combined net income of the two parties and determine how much would be spent on the child if the couple were still married. Once this level is determined, each party will be responsible for his or her proportional share based on his or her income. For example, if the table places the annual spending on the child at $20,000 and the father makes 40% of the combined income and one child lives with the mother, the father would pay the mother $8000 per year in child support.

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