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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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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What parents can do to get custody of their children

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Parents in Illinois and throughout the country typically want to be involved in their children’s lives. However, it may not always be in a child’s best interest to interact on a regular basis with mom or dad. If a parent is denied custody, there may be things that parents can do to obtain custody in the future. For instance, a judge may allow custody after completing a parenting class or going to rehab. Even if there is no guarantee that custody will be granted

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SNAP issues new guidance for parents

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Friday, June 14, 2019. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, provides resources to about 40 million people in Illinois and across the country. It is not uncommon for children with only one parent to receive SNAP benefits. In fact, a child who only has one parent is 37% more likely to live in poverty compared to those who have both parents at home. This is partially because noncustodial parents do not comply with their financial obligations to their children. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has asked state

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Military divorce rate continues to trend downward

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Military Divorce on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Divorce rates among active-duty U.S. military members living in Illinois and elsewhere declined slightly in 2018, according to data from the U.S. Department of Defense. The dip continues a downward trend that began 10 years ago. Researchers calculate the annual military divorce rate by comparing the number of active-duty troops who are married at the beginning of a fiscal year with the number who completed divorces by the end the year. Defense Department statistics show that 3% of service members who were married at

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