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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_525426424.jpgChildren are the top priority in every divorce case. For this reason, Illinois divorce law offers various options to help parents receive the child support payments they need to provide for their children and allow them to live the high quality of life they deserve.

Although some parents trust their ex-spouse to make direct child support payments, others do not and rely on wage garnishment to collect their payments.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_632813642.jpgDivorce is often an expensive endeavor. If you are in the process of getting divorced, know that there are ways you can control divorce costs and make sure that you do not pay more than you have to. Here are five tips for controlling divorce costs and keeping your finances in check.

  1. Be Realistic. It is imperative that you have realistic expectations for your divorce case. If you are realistic, you will not have to spend tens of thousands of dollars arguing about issues that you are not going to “win.” When you make the decision to file for divorce, take the time to consult an experienced divorce lawyer who can help you design a strategy for your particular case. By having a strategy in mind, you can be more realistic and save money as a result.
  2. Compromise. Although it is easier said than done, compromising with your ex-spouse can save you money. If you learn how to compromise, you will be able to settle your case without the need for a trial. Keep in mind that while compromising can help you, it is okay if you disagree with some issues and keep your best interests in mind.
  3. Avoid Fighting Every Issue in Court. You may believe it is easier to fight every issue in court. While you can do this, realize that lawyers charge more for court time than non-court time. Prior to turning to a traditional divorce in court, you should consider whether some divorce-related issues, like visitation, can be solved through mediation or collaborative divorce.
  4. Find the Right Divorce Lawyer. When searching for a divorce lawyer, make sure you find one who is upfront about their pricing and will not send you a surprise bill. Note that the right lawyer is not necessarily the least expensive lawyer. The right lawyer is one who is honest when it comes to charging their clients and has the experience and track record necessary to help your divorce case.
  5. Use Your Lawyer Time Wisely. Rather than contacting your lawyer every time you have a question, reach out to them once you have compiled a list of several questions. This will ensure you are using your lawyer time wisely and help you avoid overspending.

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More Changes to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act are on Their Way!

The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act was rewritten last year and became effective January 1, 2016. Less than a year later, more changes are already on their way, intended to "clean up" the Act. 

Although not effective yet, stay tuned for the following changes: 

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Another change coming to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act centers around removal of a minor child. Current restrictions are imposed only on a custodial parent seeking to remove the permanent residence of a minor child out of the State of Illinois. However, as of January 1, 2016, parties seeking to remove the residence of their minor child(ren) will need permission from the court (or an agreement from their former partner) to move more than 25 miles from their current residence if residing in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties, or more than 50 miles from their current residence if residing in any other county in Illinois. 

Since there will no longer be a "residential parent," these new relocation provisions apply to the parent who has been allocated a majority of parenting time or equal parenting time. One benefit to this revision is that a parent who lives close to the border of a neighboring state will no longer have to obtain court approval to remove their child's permanent residence to the neighboring state if the new residence is within the 25 or 50 mile radius. 

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