Illinois Child Support: How Does the State Make the Determination?

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When discussing Illinois child support, the laws follow “shared income”. Essentially, this means that the state looks at the income of both parents when determining child support. With this formula, the court calculates support based on their incomes. In addition, the court factors in the number of overnights that the child will spend with each …

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Pre-Divorce Attorney Counseling: Benefits of the Collaborative Approach

Pre-Divorce Attorney Counseling: Benefits of the Collaborative Approach Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions LLC

While couples sometimes hastily run into the divorce process, pre-divorce attorney counseling creates a measured approach. Although it can be tempting to forge ahead quickly, counseling often uncovers additional insights, both financial and otherwise. At Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions, our team of family attorneys helps clients to address these factors. How Pre-Divorce Attorney Counseling Works …

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Divorce & Retirement Plans: New Ways to Think About Marital Property

Divorce & Retirement Plans: New Ways to Think About Marital Property Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions LLC

For older divorcees, the thought of divorce and retirement plans may send shivers down their spines. Retirement savings represent the couple’s long-term financial savings. However, divorce can instantly throw a wrench in those plans. Overall, Illinois law considers retirement savings to be part of the marital state. Thus, they are subject to division. Typically, retirement …

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Emotional Control: New Ways to Think About Feelings During a Divorce

Emotional Control: New Ways to Think About Feelings During a Divorce Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions LLC

Even with the Illinois collaborative divorce process, couples find it challenging to obtain full emotional control. As one of the five most stressful life events, divorce presents more than its share of unique issues. That said, divorcing couples  almost always struggle with handling their emotions during the Illinois divorce process. With so much anger and …

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No-Fault Divorce: Understanding Divorce Requirements in the State of Illinois

No-Fault Divorce

While some states assess blame, Illinois mandates no-fault divorce.  However, many Illinois residents believe their issues hold legal influence. For instance, one spouse may blame another for an affair. In another example, spouses commonly cite emotional and physical abuse. Despite the accusation, Illinois’ “no-fault” status does not consider these issues to be legal grounds for …

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Child Custody in Illinois: How Laws Dictate Parenting Decisions

Child Custody

Since 2016, child custody in Illinois faced a rebranding to “parental responsibilities”. Similarly, the term “visitation” changed to “parenting time”. In general, Illinois presumes that both parents are “fit” to share parental responsibility and time. Particularly, research demonstrates that mutually involved parents benefit their children. Naturally, there are situations where this is not always the …

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Divorce Mediation: Going Hand-in-Hand with Limited Scope Legal Representation

Divorce Mediation

In Illinois, divorce mediation often leads to a less expensive, more amicable resolution. While many Illinois residents hire attorneys for the sole purpose of litigation, this tends to lead to a very draining process. However, Mediation offers an out-of-court alternative. When coupled with Limited Scope Representation, this strategy presents a nuanced alternative, customizable for both …

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Common Divorce Mistakes: 3 of the Biggest Dilemmas in Illinois

Common Divorce Mistakes: 3 of the Biggest Dilemmas in Illinois Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions LLC

Common divorce mistakes take what can already be an emotionally draining process, and complicate the situation further. Even when both spouses agree that divorce is in their family’s best interests, the process still contains its share of trials and tribulations. More so, divorce almost always a grieving process. Notably, this grieving intensifies when the spouses …

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Homes in Illinois Divorce: A Useful Guide to Who Receives the Property

Homes in Illinois Divorce: A Useful Guide to Who Receives the Property Bruckner Hernandez Legal Solutions LLC

Oftentimes, couple debate their homes in the Illinois divorce process. With the emotional attachment in mind, many people place a firm “I want the house” attitude. Similar to all other aspects of the divorce process, splitting the home is rarely as simple as one person conceding. Taking on the role of sole homeowner calls financial …

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Illinois Divorce Costs: How Litigation, Mediation, and Collaborative Divorce Compare

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When attempting to gauge Illinois divorce costs, the final dollar amount often depends on whether you’re pursuing litigation, mediation, or a collaborative divorce. As with any, “How much does it cost?” question, the unsatisfying “It depends” answer doesn’t offer clients a ton of value. Typically, traditional litigation presents the most expensive way to get a …

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