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Prenuptial agreements provide many important benefits

Prenuptial agreements have a variety of useful benefits and are not just for individuals considering marriage who have a significant number of assets. Premarital agreements are for anyone getting married to consider and have many important uses.

There are commonly misunderstandings associated with prenuptial agreements but they can help clarify concerns couples may have when entering marriage. Without a prenuptial agreement, state laws will determine how property is divided if the couple divorces. Additionally, there are rules associated with prenuptial agreements to ensure they are valid that couples considering marriage should be familiar with. Because the rules associated with prenuptial agreements can vary by state, it is important for couples to be familiar with requirements in their state to ensure their prenuptial agreement is valid.

Make sure you are ready for your summer child custody plans

Summer vacation is nearby or already here for children across Illinois. Most children are eager to sleep in, go swimming, spend time outdoors and in general enjoy the pleasant weather that summer brings as well as all the fun activities that go with it. However, if a child's parent is divorced, that parent may need to make summer child custody arrangements with their ex, in as cooperative manner as is possible.

First, when parents divorce, they will create a child custody schedule that will be included in their divorce decree. This schedule may differ in the summer months than it does the rest of the year. For example, the noncustodial parent may have an extended period of visitation in the summer in which they have the child in their care. This schedule should be reviewed each year by both parents. This way, parents can determine if any changes need to be made to the current child custody arrangements.

How does Illinois split up your assets in a divorce?

Getting a divorce will cause a ripple of consequences that can reach to every aspect of your life. Your divorce will affect your emotions, where you live and your social connections. Your divorce will also have an impact on your financial circumstances.

Depending on how you and your ex handle the divorce, that impact could prove devastating or overwhelming in some cases. Even if you hope to keep things simple, you will likely wonder how you can ensure a fair outcome when splitting your assets.

Can college expenses be part of an Illinois child support order?

Most parents who are going through a divorce understand that one of them may be required to pay child support to the other. This may make sense when the child is still a minor and is dependent on the care of their parents. However, here, the judge can include college expenses in a child support order, even if the child is no longer a minor.

There are several college expenses that can be included in a child support order. These expenses include: room and board; tuition and other fees; transportation fees; books; costs associated with applying and registering for college; medical expenses; and living expenses. Many children going to college need this financial support in to get by, so they can focus on earning their degree.

Important conversations to have when engaged

While finances may not be the most romantic topic in the world, it is an important thing for couples to discuss when getting married. Getting married typically involves merging two financial households into one. This can have major impacts on the goals of both soon-to-be spouses.

Among the money-related discussions it can be important for engaged couples to have are conversations about prenuptial agreements.

How to legally establish paternity as a father in Illinois

Becoming a father is one of the most exciting experiences a man can have. Unfortunately, interpersonal relationships are often very complicated and can make the joys of fatherhood seem unattainable. This is particularly true for fathers who are not married to the mother of their children.

A lack of familiarity with their legal rights combined with a desire to avoid conflict with the mother can impact how much time fathers spend with their children or even their legal right to visit. Don't let a lack of information or fear about interpersonal drama prevent you from spending time with your child.

What are the standard practices for custody in divorce?

A lot of things in your life change during a divorce, including your relationship with your children. If you are like many parents in Illinois, you may have suffered silently through an unhappy marriage for many years before finally filing for divorce. You probably did that to save your children the turmoil of a divorce.

It's also very common, especially for fathers, worried about the outcome of child custody proceedings when considering divorce. Once you understand the way Illinois law works, you'll have an idea of how custody proceedings will likely develop in your case.

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