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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled---2023-09-26T091607.801.jpgThe divorce process can be hard on both parents and children. However, once a couple’s marriage has been officially dissolved, the parents will still need to be able to work together to raise their children. Co-parenting after divorce requires effective communication, cooperation, and compromise. While it may not always be easy, there are several steps parents can take to navigate the co-parenting journey successfully. By working with an attorney to resolve child custody issues during the divorce process, a parent can make sure they will be prepared for success in the future.

1. Create a Detailed Parenting Plan

One of the first steps in successful co-parenting is making sure the parenting plan established during the divorce process puts the proper rules in place. This plan should outline each parent's responsibilities and expectations regarding custody arrangements, parenting time schedules, decision-making authority, and other important aspects of raising children. A well-thought-out parenting plan can provide clarity and help minimize conflicts.

2. Prioritize Open Communication

Good communication is key to successful co-parenting. Both parents should commit to keeping each other informed about important matters concerning their children's health, education, extracurricular activities, and any changes in schedules or plans. Multiple forms of communication may be used as needed, such as phone calls, emails, or text messages. If necessary, a parenting plan can detail rules for when and how communication will occur, which can help minimize conflict and ensure that parents focus on providing for their children’s best interests.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled---2023-09-07T141850.796.jpgFor parents, many of the most important issues to resolve during the divorce process will be related to child custody. In Illinois, the court's top concern when making decisions about child custody is the best interests of the child. That is, the court’s rulings about how parents will make decisions for their children and the schedules for when children will spend parenting time with each parent will be based on what the court believes are the best ways to promote the children’s well-being and development. There are a number of factors that will be considered in these cases. Parents who are working to resolve child custody issues can get legal help from an attorney who can advise them on the best ways to show that they can provide for their children’s best interests.

Factors That May Affect Children’s Best Interests

Illinois law lists a large number of factors that may be evaluated by family court judges in child custody cases. These include:

  1. The wishes of both parents: The court will consider each parent's desires about how child custody issues should be handled. However, if the wishes of parents are not related to what is in the best interest of their child, these wishes may be disregarded.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled---2023-08-24T160347.234.jpgIf you are going through a divorce in Illinois, you may be wondering if mediation is the right option for you. Divorce can be a difficult and emotionally draining process, and many couples choose to use mediation instead of fighting legal battles in the courtroom. To determine whether mediation may be the right choice for you, it is important to understand how mediation works, the benefits it can provide, and the cases where it may not be the best option.

What Is Mediation?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that allows couples to work together with a neutral third party to negotiate their divorce settlement. Unlike litigation, where decisions are made by a judge, mediation allows couples to retain control over the outcome of their case.

In Illinois, a couple may be ordered to use mediation by a family court judge, or they may choose to hire a mediator on their own. While each mediator may have their own process, most cases will involve both parties meeting together with the mediator, discussing the issues that will need to be addressed, and working together to reach agreements on the terms of their divorce settlement.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-93.jpgDivorce can be challenging for anyone, but the process of ending a marriage can be especially complicated for couples who have a high net worth. In addition to addressing the typical concerns about issues such as property division and child custody, determining how to resolve financial matters can take on a whole new level of complexity for couples with substantial assets. If you are going through a high net worth divorce in Illinois, it is crucial to work with an attorney who can help you understand the specific financial issues that may arise and how they could impact your future.

The Role of Asset Valuation

One significant challenge in high net worth divorces involves properly valuing all assets owned by a couple, both together and separately. This task can become particularly complex when there are diverse investment portfolios, business interests, real estate holdings, and other valuable assets involved. Accurate asset valuation is essential for ensuring an equitable distribution of marital property during the divorce proceedings.

To ensure that all assets will be valued correctly, it is important to consult with professionals such as forensic accountants and appraisers who have experience working with high net worth individuals. These experts can help determine the value of businesses, investments, retirement accounts, intellectual property rights, professional practices, and other valuable assets.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Untitled-71.jpgGoing through a divorce can be challenging, and couples will need to address multiple types of legal and financial issues. Many of the most significant concerns for divorcing spouses will be related to the division of assets and the family home in particular. If you are looking to maintain ownership of your home following a divorce in Illinois, there are several factors to consider. By working with a skilled divorce attorney, you can take steps to protect your interests and resolve financial issues successfully.

Understanding the Laws in Illinois

Before delving into the specifics of home ownership following divorce, it is essential to have a basic understanding of the laws in Illinois regarding property division. Illinois follows the principle of equitable distribution, which means that marital property is divided between spouses fairly but not necessarily equally.

Marital property includes any assets acquired during the marriage. If your family home was purchased after you got married, it will be a marital asset. However, if you owned the home before you got married, or if you received the home as a gift or inheritance, it may be considered non-marital property, and it could potentially be excluded from the division. 

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