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How parents in Illinois can coparent successfully

Separated parents are bound to experience some coparenting issues. If these exes can find a way to work together for the sake of their kids, they'll be taking a step in the right direction. There's much to consider when it comes to establishing a parenting plan that works well for everyone, and a glimpse at childhood development may assist parents with this important task.

The younger the children are, the more planning it takes to coparent. Little ones need life to be predictable, and they typically become acclimated to one main caregiver. At this age, it may be best for development if one parent has primary custody and the other parent enjoys lengthy visits with the child a few times a week. Nevertheless, both parents should spend quality time meeting their child's needs and playing with them too.

Positive results are seen in states where divorce is easier

Illinois residents may be interested in hearing about research that shows some of the financial benefits of splitting up. January is a busy time for divorce lawyers. There are couples who work to stick together through the holidays and then begin to prepare divorce papers once the holidays have passed. Some experts believe that divorce can be good for certain couples.

Some research shows that laws that make divorce easier and quicker can have unexpected positive effects. For example, in states where either party can file a no-fault divorce, women have more economic clout in the marriage and bring in more income. In states with no-fault divorces, research shows that couples are 8% more likely to both be employed outside of the home. There is also a 5% increase in the number of women who are in the labor force.

Fathers fear bias in child custody disputes

Many fathers in Illinois are afraid that they will be treated unfairly if they go to family court to resolve a child custody dispute. While this is a common belief, it may speak more to a historical situation than to present-day legal practices. In the past, mothers were far more likely to be primary caregivers. Fewer women worked outside the home for reasons other than necessity, and many women were systematically denied access to and opportunities in the workplace. In addition, fathers were viewed mainly as providers rather than as nurturing figures in a child's life.

These kinds of gendered stereotypes affected family court decisions. Children were far more likely to be placed in the primary custody of their mothers. Fathers were awarded visitation, but joint custody was rare. However, family courts have since taken a different approach. In most places, joint custody with a strong relationship with both parents is preferred by the courts. Scientific research backs up the importance of a close relationship between children and both parents, absent an environment of neglect or abuse. Family courts should make their decision based on the individual case and the best interests of the child, not beliefs about gender and the proper role of each parent.

What to do about a child custody filing

When parents are going through a divorce, one or both of them may seek child custody. It is important to understand Illinois law regarding child custody in order to know what to expect.

An individual can research state laws, but people may also want to consider hiring an attorney. One way to identify attorneys is by asking friends and family for recommendations. Parents may want to take the time to talk to several different attorneys about their background in family law. There are a few questions that a parent might ask. One is what types of cases they usually work with and what they feel strongly about. Parents should also be sure to get concrete information about costs, payment terms and how the attorney communicates with updates and information on the case. They should find out how much time the attorney has to devote to the case as well.

How to parent long-distance after a divorce

Some divorced Illinois parents may find themselves living long-distance from their children for work or other reasons. While this can be difficult, there are many things parents can do to keep the bond strong.

First, parents should keep the focus on quality of visits over quantity. They may not be able to see their children as often, but when they do, they can make sure the time counts. One way to do this is by ensuring that the child remains the focus of the visit. If the parent is dating someone, this is probably not the time to introduce the child unless the relationship is serious. Even then, parents should spend most of their time alone with the child. Some children may prefer when parents come to visit them, and parents should talk to them about what their preferences are.

Relocating may be difficult with a custody order

Following your divorce, you likely went through a period of adjustment as you and your ex worked through the allocation of parental responsibility in your court order or child custody settlement. Whether this happened years ago or fairly recently, your primary concern was the wellbeing of your children as they became accustomed to their new reality.

It is possible that this was also a time of struggle for you. Perhaps you were far from your own family or were having difficulties financially. These or other factors may have led you to the decision to relocate with the children to another city or outside Illinois altogether. However, even if you have legal and physical custody, you may face some roadblocks in your plan if your ex refuses to consent to the move.

Protecting a business when an owner divorces

When business owners in Illinois decide to divorce, they could face even more serious financial consequences than people with other types of jobs. Many more people are exploring their potential through entrepreneurship and startup firms, especially in the tech sector. However, these small, closely held businesses can easily develop into a major marital asset. This is one reason why some investors require the startups they invest in to show that all the owners have signed prenuptial or postnuptial agreements that exclude the business from being divided in a divorce.

Divorce is almost always a costly process that involves some painful financial choices during property division. However, people can restructure their finances and support themselves to move forward. When a business is involved, the subject becomes more complicated. In some cases, the company may be divided between the spouses. Neither person may have the funds available to execute a buyout agreement, and both spouses may try to hang onto the company. This kind of conflict could lead to the sale of the business entirely. In some cases, it could have even worse outcomes when the firm suffers as a result of the owners' conflict.

How to tell a marriage may be on shaky ground

Getting a divorce can be a life-changing experience. Therefore, it is important that individuals truly want to end their marriages before they decide to get an attorney or file paperwork. Unfortunately, there is rarely a single sign that tells a person that it's time to get out of a relationship. Instead, there are generally a bunch of subtle indications that a marriage is not likely to work out in the long-term.

For instance, if a couple isn't having sex, or they don't have fun with each other, it could be a sign that they aren't interested in each other. In many cases, a lack of quality time together is caused by resentment or a lack of respect for each other. Talking poorly about a spouse to friends or family members also shows a lack of respect for that person.

Planning for the future after divorce

The period after a divorce can be challenging for many people in Illinois. The end of a long-term romantic relationship can be depressing and isolating, especially for the spouse who did not request the dissolution. People may struggle with depression and other mental health concerns as well as physical health issues. However, people can move forward after a divorce by keeping some key tips in mind. While the post-divorce period can be sad, it can also be an important period of growth and transition into a new future.

The support of family and friends can be important in getting through a divorce. People can confide in those closest to them about issues that may trouble them or even doubts about why their marriage came to an end. Those who feel like they cannot speak about more intimate issues may want to engage professional support by working with a therapist or other counselor to work through their concerns about their divorce and moving forward.

Millennials are using prenups to protect their assets

Millennials in Illinois and other states are increasingly interested in prenuptial agreements before they tie the knot. One study showed that over 60% of divorce attorneys saw an increase in their clients requesting prenuptial agreements. Those who were surveyed reported that over 50% of those who requested prenuptial agreements were millennial clients.

There are several reasons why millennials may be more interested in prenuptial agreements than past generations. One reason is that they want to protect their assets. In comparison to baby boomers and Generation Xers, millennials do not own as many concrete assets, like property, but they have made significant investments in startup businesses and the stock market. One report said that 7 in 10 millennials have participated in some type of investment.

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