Actor accused of falling far behind in his child support payments

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. When there is a divorce in Illinois and across the United States, couples with children should think about how child support will be handled. Caring and providing for children is a fundamental necessity even after a marriage has ended. The key is to ensure the best interests of the child are served. Unfortunately, there are cases where the supporting parent will fall behind in the payments or not make the payments at all. Some of these cases involve recognizable people. The actor Charlie Sheen

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Joint custody arrangements should focus on child’s best interests

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, September 6, 2019. Going through a divorce in Illinois can be stressful, especially if there are children involved. Parents who are attempting to co-parent using a joint custody setup should keep in mind that the point of the exercise is to work together for the good of the children. When in doubt, it’s a good idea to try to see the situation from the perspective of the child to the extent possible. Adjusting to life with only one parent at a time can be difficult. Logistics should

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Allegations often fly in child custody disputes

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, August 23, 2019. Family law judges in Illinois and around the country are sometimes tasked with making very difficult decisions, particularly when the welfare of a young child is involved. It is not unknown for parents embroiled in bitter custody disputes to hurl incendiary allegations at one another, and the decisions that judges make are often based on which parent they believe. According to some experts, judges are often guided in these situations by popular but unproven theories, pseudo experts and their own biases. It is not

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What to do to keep the house after a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. People in Illinois who are considering keeping the family home in a divorce must first reach an agreement with their spouse about the value of the house and how much equity each person has in it. With this information, the spouse who wants to keep the home knows how much to pay the other spouse for it. Some couples arrange for one person to keep more of the assets while the other keeps the home to make up this difference. This could mean that

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Overdue child support and applying for a mortgage

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, July 26, 2019. Illinois parents who have to pay child support should know that this obligation is considered a debt when they try to qualify for a home loan. If they are delinquent in paying child support or have a child support arrearage, it can be considered a negative credit event and impair their chances of being approved for a mortgage. However, it is not entirely impossible for people who owe overdue child support payments to qualify for a mortgage. Individuals who want to obtain a mortgage

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Modifying child support in Illinois

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Property Division on Friday, July 12, 2019. The rules dealing with child support in Illinois were revised in 2017. Judges in the state now look at the incomes of both parents after determining how much money is needed to take care of the child’s basic needs. Prior to the 2017 law, only the income of the obligor was considered when child support decisions were made. However, obligors with child support orders that were issued prior to the new law’s passage must still establish that either their circumstances or the needs of

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