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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, IL child custody lawyerDivorce is a long and demanding process, but can get even more complex for high net worth couples. Unlike traditional divorces, high net worth couples must resolve issues dealing with complex taxation, support obligations, tracing of assets including offshore and international accounts, and valuation of businesses and other properties.

The following factors will help you prepare for what you might experience within your high net worth divorce:

1.    More assets, more to divide. Prior to your divorce, it is important to gather all tax (tax returns, W-9’s, I-9’s), financial, and property/asset documentation regardless of your knowledge on the subject. Documents tend to get lost after the divorce has already been filed, making this process more difficult and could put you at a disadvantage in divorce negotiations.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, IL child custody lawyerAlthough your divorce is between you and your spouse, your child will experience the before and after effects as well. Divorce brings massive changes in a child’s life through child custody and/or relocation at any age. Between witnessing an unstable marriage to adjusting to a new life at “Mom’s” and “Dad’s” house, the influence the divorce has on the child can be tough to deal with.

Under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, custody and visitation are now known as parental responsibilities. If you and/or your spouse are granted parental responsibilities, you two are in charge of making decisions regarding education, health, religion, and extra-curricular activities on behalf of your child(ren).

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind that will help contribute to successful parenting time:

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, IL legal separation lawyerIllinois is an equitable distribution state, meaning that when you get a divorce, not everything you and your spouse acquired, such as property and assets, will be divided equally.

If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on how to divide your property and assets and decide to take your divorce to court, the judge will consider certain marital circumstances on how to divide your property, such as:

However, if your spouse is hiding assets from you in hopes they will not have to split it with you, things can get even more complicated.

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Illinois divorce attorney, Illinois family lawyer, IL child custody lawyer, IL Child Custody and Substance Abuse lawyerAccording to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), almost 20 million American adults (age 12 and older) are battling a substance use disorder. When deciding child custody matters during a divorce, your child or children's best interest comes first in the eyes of the judge. If the judge believes your former spouse would be unable to make sound of mind decisions on behalf of your child because of their drug addiction, the judge may decide against allowing parental responsibilities and parenting time.

However, if your spouse is in recovery or taking steps towards addressing their addiction, the judge may allow your spouse to see and interact with your child.

Parental Responsibilities and Parenting Time

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Illinois order of protection attorney, Illinois family lawyer, An order of protection, also known as a restraining order, is filed when one individual feels threatened by the other and/or has experienced abuse. They are meant to keep you safe and out of harm’s way.

According to the 750 Illinois Compiled Statute 60/, Orders of Protection, an order of protection may be filed by:

  • An individual who has been abused by a family or household member, or by an individual on behalf of a minor child or adult who has been abused by a family or household member and because of age, health, or mental or physical disability cannot file.
  • A foster parent, legal guardian, or adoptive parent of that child if the child has been placed in the foster parents' home by the Department of Children and Family Services or by another foster child agency.

Orders of protection are often issued during or just prior to the filing of a divorce, a child custody dispute, or as a result of domestic battery charges.

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