Tinley Park Illinois Family Law Blog

How often do you need to review your estate plan?

In 2019, people will need to begin planning their estates with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in mind. The act, created in 2017, has consequences that extend far beyond the simple increase in the overall exemption amount for an estate.

As someone with an estate, one of the worst things you can do is decide not to plan for taxation because your estate seems too small to do so. Regardless of the size of your estate, it is important to plan for its distribution and to make sure you take advantage of any tax breaks possible.

Navigating property division

Property division is often one of the most common causes of disputes in a divorce. With Illinois being an equitable division state, there is a lot of room for negotiation or disagreement on who should get what.

Dividing your finances, your home and even your bills may be difficult, but you do not have to go into the process uninformed or unprepared. Here are some tips and quick facts about property division.

For a successful divorce, learn to set boundaries early

You probably aren't used to having a lot of boundaries with your spouse. Unfortunately, redefining your personal boundaries is a part of moving forward, and there's simply no way to achieve a healthy divorce without them.

Here are some tips on how to re-establish boundaries (or establish new ones) with your spouse during a separation and divorce:

How to tell you're ready for a divorce

You may not have expected marriage to always be easy, but you probably didn't expect it to be this rough all the time either.

So, how do you know that it's time for a divorce as opposed to seeking therapy together as a couple? Here are the signs that it's time for a split:

Make your parenting time successful

It can be painful to be apart from your children for any length of time. As a divorced parent with shared or limited custody, you need to make the time you do have with your children as successful as possible.

There are some simple steps you can take to make that happen. Here are the things you need to do:

Do you need a social media clause in your prenuptial agreement?

There's a growing trend in prenuptial agreements that may surprise a lot of people: social media clauses.

Prenups are now widely used. Modern couples recognize them as a financial tool that can provide a measure of security to both halves of a couple in uncertain times. Maybe it's only natural that younger generations that don't remember a time without the Internet would think to extend protection to social media. After all, social media has always been a prominent part of their lives.

What is a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity?

When the mother of a child is unmarried at birth in Illinois, the father’s name cannot be added to the birth certificate until paternity is established. This is the case even when the parents are engaged or cohabitating at the time of the birth. In a situation in which a mother is separated but remains married and has a child with someone outside the marriage, the individual the mother is married to is legally presumed to be the parent of the child.

How to handle 'deadbeat' parents in Illinois

Unpaid child support obligations aren't something that parents in Illinois should ignore. The penalties for being a "deadbeat" parent are severe.

If you're struggling to collect support payments from your child's other parent, here is some information you may find useful.

Four things you can do to avoid an estate dispute

While every family is unique, it's often possible to predict -- and prevent -- disputes among your heirs.

Whether your estate is big or small, there are some actions you can take that will minimize the possibility of a family dispute after you are gone.

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:

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