Keeping a home after a marriage ends

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Monday, March 9, 2020. Those who are going through the divorce process in Illinois or anywhere else may want to keep the homes that they currently live in. The first step in securing sole ownership of a home is to determine its market value. This is important because it will determine how much the other spouse could be owed in a buyout. However, it is also important because the person who wants to keep the house must have the financial resources to do so. A person who can’t

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Officials launch plan to support domestic violence victims

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Friday, February 21, 2020. Illinois officials have raised concerns about domestic violence in the state, with Rockford police saying that they receive around 5,000 calls each year about incidents related to family violence. However, experts say that police calls do not capture the true scope of the problem, as many incidents go unreported and are handled outside the legal system. Advocates say that they are attempting to make the system easier to navigate and more palatable for survivors of domestic violence, launching a project called the Family Peace

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Allegations of abuse are often ignored in custody disputes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, February 7, 2020. Family law judges in Illinois and around the country tend to prefer joint child custody arrangements whenever possible because children tend to adjust to the realities of divorce better when they spend time with both their fathers and their mothers. Exceptions are made to prevent children being placed in dangerous situations, but the results of a study of 2,000 cases reveals that fathers are often favored in custody disputes even when there are credible allegations of abuse, parental alienation or domestic violence. The National

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How to help children after a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. One of the biggest concerns Illinois parents have after getting a divorce is making sure that their children will be all right. Some parents worry that their children will never recover and get bad grades in school, take drugs, go to jail, have mental health problems and so forth. However, the reality is that children with parents who went through a divorce can do just as well as children with parents who stay together. Studies have revealed that the quality of the relationship of

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What parents should know about wage garnishment and child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Parents who have gone through a divorce in Illinois may wonder how wage garnishment and child support work. A state child support agency and local courts usually initiate and coordinate with the employer of a parent who owes child support. The law allows up to 50% of a parent’s check to be garnished by employers in order to cover child support that is past due. In a case where a parent is not supporting other children or a spouse, up to 60% of their

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Parental income plays a role in child support orders

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Thursday, December 26, 2019. Judges will typically account for any type of income that a parent receives when determining how much child support that person must provide. An Illinois judge may count wage income, dividends obtained from a stock portfolio or employer contributions to a retirement plan as income. Other sources of income may also be considered if it helps create a support order that preserves the best interest of a child. A judge may look at a parent’s tax return when determining what types of income he

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