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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What parents might consider when filing for child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Monday, December 9, 2019. Some parents in Illinois who are divorced or who were never married to the other parent might wonder whether they should file for child support. Some may hesitate to do so because this can mean that the other parent has the right to see the child. However, the other parent may eventually exercise this right whether or not the custodial parent asks for support. Parents should make the decision that is in the best interests of the child. This can mean letting the child

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Helping children to thrive after a divorce

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Monday, December 2, 2019. Every parent in Illinois wants to raise well-balanced and emotionally stable children. For this to happen, it’s often important that the kids have a relationship with both of their parents. If the parents are separated, however, relationships could suffer. That’s why exes should take steps to co-parent effectively. While there are likely serious issues that caused the parents to split up, they will need to come together and do what is best for their children. They should openly communicate about the parenting schedule. When

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Options when a parent has difficulty making a court date

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Parents in Illinois dealing with child custody issues might encounter an inconvenient court hearing date and wish to change it. While it is not always possible to do so, there are options that might allow it or provide alternative ways for a parent to appear in court. The procedure for this varies from state to state, but there are general guidelines about what a parent can do. In most cases, courts will not change a hearing date. There are exceptions to this, however. If

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How parents can keep up with child support proceedings

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, November 1, 2019. Parents in Illinois are responsible for providing emotional and financial support to their kids. This is typically true whether a parent is married, separated or divorced from the child’s other parent. There are several ways that individuals can determine if they owe child support. The easiest way is often to simply ask the other parent if a support order has been filed. If an order has been filed, the custodial parent may provide details such as the amount of each payment and when it

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Preparing children to spend time with the other parent

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Parents in Illinois will generally share custody and visitation rights to their children. Therefore, they will generally need to decide ahead of time how they will make the transition from one parent to the other easier on themselves and their children. Ideally, parents will spend time creating a plan that includes details such as when and where transitions will occur. The children should also be notified in advance so that they know what to expect. It can be a good idea to allow children

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The stereotype of the ‘deadbeat dad’

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. In Illinois and across the United States, many people are familiar with the term “deadbeat dad.” However, the phrase is not always used correctly. Even though the word appears in regulations representing some states, parents are not automatically “deadbeats” because they cannot make child support payments. Furthermore, the term “deadbeat” does not only apply to dads. Moms can also fall behind in their child support payments. However, those who cannot meet child support obligations because they lost employment or met with other unexpected financial

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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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